Johannes Söding obtained his PhD in 1996 in laser cooling of neutral atoms at the MaxPlanck Institute for Nuclear Physics and did postdoctoral experimental work on Bose-Einstein condensation of neutral atoms at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. After three years as consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, he returned to science in 2002. He started his career in bioinformatics with Andrei Lupas at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, working on protein evolution, remote homology detection and structure prediction. In 2007 he became an independent research group leader at the Gene Center of the University of Munich (LMU). Since 2014 he leads the research group Quantitative and Computational Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. His group develops statistical and computational methods for analyzing data from high-throughput biological experiments, in particular for protein function and structure prediction, sequence search and assembly in metagenomics, transcription regulation, gene regulatory networks, and systems medicine.
Joanna Polańska is a full professor and head of the data mining laboratory at Institute of Automatic Control of Silesian University of Technology. She obtained PhD in automatics and robotics from Silesian University of Technology in 1996, and habilitation in biocybernetics and biomedical engineering from Polish Academy of Sciences in 2008. Her research interests focus on development of bioinformatics algorithms and software tools for gene expression analysis and on computational intelligence methods for medical imaging. She is a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences and winner of the Silesian Scientific Award in 2017.
Mounir Tarek is a Senior Research Director at the CNRS-Université de Lorraine, recipient of a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Paris in 1994. He joined the CNRS after a four-years tenure at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg Maryland USA) following three years tenure at the University of Pennsylvania). His research focus and expertise lies in the study of cell membranes transport processes. It involves the use of computational chemistry methods to study membranes, proteins, ion channels and membrane transport proteins. Over the last few years, he studied many aspects of electroporation of cell membranes subject to high electric fields. M. Tarek is a founding member and a member of the Scientific Council of the European Associated Laboratory EBAM ‚Pulsed Electric Fields Applications in Biology and Medicine’.