Babbitt named fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology

Patricia C. Babbitt, PhD, has been named a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), an honor that recognizes scientists who have “distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.”

Founded in 1997, the ISCB is an international association of scientists dedicated to the study of living systems using computation. Newly elected fellows will be recognized at the ISCB’s annual international conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) in Chicago, July 6–10, 2018.

Babbitt is a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, a joint department of the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Her election as a 2018 ISCB fellow highlights “her pioneering contributions to our understanding of sequence-structure-function connections in enzymes, and to our ability to computationally annotate and predict those connections.”

The Babbitt Lab uses computational biology to better understand the activity of individual enzymes and their evolution. Researchers there have built a variety of computational resources for the broader scientific community, including the Structure-Function Linkage Database (SFLD), in collaboration with the UCSF Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics.

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.