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Jake Chen

Jake Chen

President, Midsouth Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Society, Professor of Genetics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, Chief Bioinformatics Officer & Associate Director of The Informatics Institute
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Dr. Jake Y. Chen is the Associate Director and Chief Bioinformatics Officer of the UAB Informatics Institute, a Professor of Genetics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, and Chief of the Informatics Section of the UAB Department of Genetics. Before joining UAB, he was the founding director of the Indiana Center for Systems Biology and Personalized Medicine at Indiana University and a tenured faculty member at Indiana University School of Informatics and Purdue University Computer Science Department.

Chen has over twenty years of research and development experience in biological data mining, systems biology, and translational informatics in both Academia and the industry. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and presented worldwide on topics related to biocomputing, bioinformatics, and data sciences in life sciences. He was elected as the president-elect of the Midsouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS) in 2019. He also serves on the editorial boards of BMC Bioinformatics, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), and Personalized Medicine.

His contribution to the field of computational biology and bioinformatics is highly recognized. Chen was cited as one of “17 Informatics Experts Worth Listening To” by HealthTechTopia (2011), a grand-prize winner of the “Cancer Cell Drug Discovery Grand Challenge” by Innocentive.com (2012), a three-time finalist as “Indiana’s Technology Educator of the Year” award by TechPoint (2012-14), and recently as one of the “Top 100 AI Leaders in Drug Discovery and Healthcare” by Deep Knowledge Analytics (2019).