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Monday, September 28, 2009

Computational Biologist Wins Prestigious Award

Microsoft Research announced recently that Peer Bork, group leader in the Structural and Computational Biology Unit at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, will receive an award for his contributions to the advancement of science through the use of computational methods.

Bork was named Sept. 22 as the recipient of the fourth annual Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award, presented for his work to discover important relationships between the nature of the human microbiome—the union of all microorganisms that live in and around the human body—and various human parameters, such as age, ethnicity, diseases, nutrition, and genetics.

Bork's research is frequently being published in journals such as Nature, Science and Cell.