Yesterday during the 9th [BC]2 Computational Biology Conference in Basel, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics announced the two winners of the SIB Awards 2011.

The SIB Young Bioinformatician Award and the SIB Best Graduate Paper Award, respectively doted with a cash prize of CHF 10'000 and CHF 5’000, are given yearly by SIB to recognise two excellent young bioinformaticians. This year’s winners both belong to SIB’s Computational Systems Biology Lab Group led by Prof. Felix Naef at the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne). Their outstanding research work offers new insights to medical research. Nacho Molina, winner of the Young Bioinformatician Award invented a computational methodology in the frame of a study on gene expression, whose findings can for instance help to understand why antibiotics never eradicate all bacteria and to optimise existing treatments. Guillaume Rey, winner of the Best Graduate Paper Award, studied the role of the organism’s internal clock - or circadian clock- in controlling the functions of the liver. His findings will allow to optimise medical treatment effectiveness basing on biological rhythms, in other words, in adapting them to times of the day when our bodies are the most receptive.

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