Prof. Alfonso Valencia
Alfonso Valencia is a Spanish biologist, the current director of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute and the Structural and Computational Biology Group leader at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO).
Valencia was a founding member of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and was honoured as an ISCB Fellow in 2010. He has also served as ISCB Vice President and in 2013 was appointed President-elect. As of 2015, he is President of the ISCB. Valencia is also an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).
His research is focused on the study of protein families and their interaction networks. The research focus of this group is mainly on the understanding of how cancer progresses, using a combination of molecular and evolutionary approaches. The main research goals are to analyse the function and interactions of cancer-related proteins and to develop novel computational methods to analyse, represent and interpret cancer genome information.