Alex Bateman

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Alex Bateman
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Alex Bateman speaking at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference in Berlin in 2013
Alexander George Bateman

(1972-10-09) October 9, 1972 (age 49)[1]
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisEvolution of the structure and function of the immunoglobulin superfamily (1997)
Doctoral advisorCyrus Chothia
Other academic advisorsRichard M. Durbin[10]

Alexander George Bateman is a computational biologist and Head of Protein Sequence Resources at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Cambridge, UK.[9][11] He has led the development of the Pfam biological database[12] and introduced the Rfam database of RNA families. He has also been involved in the use of Wikipedia for community-based annotation of biological databases.[13][14][15][16][17]


Bateman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Newcastle University in 1994. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1997, for research supervised by Cyrus Chothia[18][19] on the evolution of the immunoglobulin protein superfamily.[20][21] During this time, he also worked with Sean Eddy to discover novel protein domains using the HMMER software.[22]

Career and research[edit]

In 1997, Bateman joined the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to lead the development of the Pfam biological database. In 2003, he introduced the Rfam database of RNA families.[6][22] He was also involved in providing protein analysis for the publication of the human genome.[22][23]

As of 2012, he has been Head of Protein Sequence Resources at EMBL-EBI.[24]

Bateman has also been involved in promoting the use of Wikipedia within the science community[25] and in particular, community-based annotation of biological databases through Wikipedia, for example, annotation of the Rfam database through WikiProject RNA.[26]

Bateman served as Executive Editor of the journal Bioinformatics from 2004 to 2012 and has also served as Editor of Nucleic Acids Research, Genome Biology and Current Protocols in Bioinformatics.[2][3] In 2014, he was appointed one of the first Honorary Editors of Bioinformatics.[27] As of 2015, Bateman also serves on the ISCB Board of Directors.[28]

Awards and honours[edit]

Bateman was awarded the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in bioinformatics.[29][30] He became the third former member of Richard Durbin's lab to win the award, following Sean Eddy and Ewan Birney.[29][10] Bateman was elected an ISCB Fellow in 2017 by the International Society for Computational Biology.[8][31]

Alex Bateman (left) and Cyrus Chothia (right), at the ISMB conference in Dublin in 2015


  1. ^ Alex Bateman at Library of Congress Authorities
  2. ^ a b "Alex Bateman: Senior Team Leader Protein Sequence Resources and Group Leader Bateman Research Group". Archived from the original on 2015-03-16.
  3. ^ a b "Alex Bateman Publons". Archived from the original on 2015-03-16.
  4. ^ Bateman, A.; Coin, L.; Durbin, R.; Finn, R. D.; Hollich, V.; Griffiths-Jones, S.; Khanna, A.; Marshall, M.; Moxon, S.; Sonnhammer, E. L.; Studholme, D. J.; Yeats, C.; Eddy, S. R. (2004). "The Pfam protein families database". Nucleic Acids Research. 32 (Database issue): 138D–1141. doi:10.1093/nar/gkh121. ISSN 0305-1048. PMC 308855. PMID 14681378. open access
  5. ^ Sammut, S. J.; Finn, R. D.; Bateman, A (2008). "Pfam 10 years on: 10,000 families and still growing". Briefings in Bioinformatics. 9 (3): 210–9. doi:10.1093/bib/bbn010. PMID 18344544.
  6. ^ a b Griffiths-Jones, S; Bateman, A; Marshall, M; Khanna, A; Eddy, S. R. (2003). "Rfam: An RNA family database". Nucleic Acids Research. 31 (1): 439–41. doi:10.1093/nar/gkg006. PMC 165453. PMID 12520045.
  7. ^ Griffiths-Jones, S; Grocock, R. J.; Van Dongen, S; Bateman, A; Enright, A. J. (2006). "MiRBase: MicroRNA sequences, targets and gene nomenclature". Nucleic Acids Research. 34 (Database issue): D140-4. doi:10.1093/nar/gkj112. PMC 1347474. PMID 16381832.
  8. ^ a b Anon (2017). "ISCB Fellows". International Society for Computational Biology. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20.
  9. ^ a b Alex Bateman publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ a b Chakradhar, Shraddha (2012). "Heng Li Credits Durbin Pedigree in Accepting Franklin Award". Archived from the original on 2013-03-30.
  11. ^ Alex Bateman at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  12. ^ Finn, R. D.; Mistry, J.; Schuster-Böckler, B.; Griffiths-Jones, S.; Hollich, V.; Lassmann, T.; Moxon, S.; Marshall, M.; Khanna, A.; Durbin, R.; Eddy, S. R.; Sonnhammer, E. L.; Bateman, A. (Jan 2006). "Pfam: clans, web tools and services" (Free full text). Nucleic Acids Research. 34 (Database issue): D247–D251. doi:10.1093/nar/gkj149. ISSN 0305-1048. PMC 1347511. PMID 16381856.
  13. ^ Logan, D. W.; Sandal, M.; Gardner, P. P.; Manske, M.; Bateman, A. (2010). "Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia". PLOS Computational Biology. 6 (9): e1000941. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000941. PMC 2947980. PMID 20941386. open access
  14. ^ "Bateman group < Research < EMBL-EBI". European Bioinformatics Institute. Archived from the original on 2013-10-01.
  15. ^ Alex Bateman publications from Europe PubMed Central
  16. ^ Alex Bateman's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  17. ^ Burge, S.; Attwood, T. K.; Bateman, A.; Berardini, T. Z.; Cherry, M.; O'Donovan, C.; Xenarios, L.; Gaudet, P. (2012). "Biocurators and Biocuration: Surveying the 21st century challenges". Database. 2012: bar059. doi:10.1093/database/bar059. PMC 3308150. PMID 22434828.
  18. ^ Bateman, A; Eddy, S. R.; Chothia, C (1996). "Members of the immunoglobulin superfamily in bacteria". Protein Science. 5 (9): 1939–41. doi:10.1002/pro.5560050923. PMC 2143528. PMID 8880921.
  19. ^ Bateman, A; Jouet, M; MacFarlane, J; Du, J. S.; Kenwrick, S; Chothia, C (1996). "Outline structure of the human L1 cell adhesion molecule and the sites where mutations cause neurological disorders". The EMBO Journal. 15 (22): 6050–9. doi:10.1002/j.1460-2075.1996.tb00993.x. PMC 452426. PMID 8947027.
  20. ^ Bateman, Alexander George (1997). Evolution of the structure and function of the immunoglobulin superfamily. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 879391333.
  21. ^ Bateman, A; Murzin, A. G.; Teichmann, S. A. (1998). "Structure and distribution of pentapeptide repeats in bacteria". Protein Science. 7 (6): 1477–80. doi:10.1002/pro.5560070625. PMC 2144021. PMID 9655353.
  22. ^ a b c "Archive page: Dr Alex Bateman - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute". Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Archived from the original on 2014-10-13.
  23. ^ Lander, Eric S.; et al. (15 February 2001). "Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome". Nature. 409 (6822): 860–921. doi:10.1038/35057062. PMID 11237011.
  24. ^ "Alex Bateman < People & Groups < About us < EMBL-EBI". EBI. Archived from the original on 2013-10-01.
  25. ^ Bateman, Alex (2012). "Why scientists should be publishing on Wikipedia". Wired UK. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09.
  26. ^ Daub, J.; Gardner, P. P.; Tate, J.; Ramsköld, D.; Manske, M.; Scott, W. G.; Weinberg, Z.; Griffiths-Jones, S.; Bateman, A. (2008). "The RNA WikiProject: Community annotation of RNA families". RNA. 14 (12): 2462–2464. doi:10.1261/rna.1200508. PMC 2590952. PMID 18945806.
  27. ^ Anon (2014). "15 years of "Bioinformatics"". Bioinformatics. 30 (6): 747. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu076. PMID 24642573.
  28. ^ "Officers and board of Directors ISCB". International Society for Computational Biology. Archived from the original on 2014-07-24.
  29. ^ a b "Alex Bateman Wins 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award - Bio-IT World". Archived from the original on 2012-08-14.
  30. ^ "Alex wins the Benjamin Franklin award!". Xfam Blog. April 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-28.
  31. ^ "February 13, 2017: The International Society for Computational Biology Names Seven Members as the ISCB Fellows Class of 2017". Retrieved 13 February 2017.