Professor Peer Bork is senior group leader and joint head of the Structural and Computational Biology unit at EMBL, a European research organization with headquarters in Heidelberg, where he also serves as strategic head of bioinformatics. Dr. Bork received his PhD in Biochemistry (1990) and his Habilitation in Theoretical Biophysics (1995). He works in various areas of computational and systems biology with a focus on function prediction, comparative analysis and data integration. He is an ERC investigator, has published more than 500 research articles, among them more than 60 in Nature, Science or Cell and is one of the most highly cited researchers in life sciences, with an H-factor of 162. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals including Science and functions as senior editor of the journal Molecular Systems Biology.
Dr. Bork co-founded five successful biotech companies, two of which went public. More than 35 of his former associates now hold professorships or other group leader positions in prominent institutions all over the world. He received the "Nature award for creative mentoring" for his achievements in nurturing and stimulating young scientists and was recipient of several other prizes, including the prestigious "Royal Society and Académie des Sciences Microsoft award".