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Jack Y. Yang was a Harvard scientist and chair of board of directors of International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine (ISIBM). As of 2011, he is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design Applied (IJCBDD).
Yang received his Ph.D. and MS degrees both from Purdue University, West Lafayette under the supervision of Dr. Okan Ersoy (Computer Engineering) and Dr. Albert Overhauser (Biophysics), receiving the grade of summa cum laude and the award of PhD thesis of the year in the USA. His post doctoral training was from Harvard Medical School and Indiana University School of Medicine, and he received training in biostatistics and bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University, and in computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During this period he visited the CERN institute Cern for few months. Dr. Yang was trained as a combined experimental and computer scientist with teaching, research, engineering, and in field practice in computer science, biomedical engineering and biophysics.
Yang works in, engineering practice and translational medicine, with varied interests ranging from cancer homeostasis, computational drug development, high throughput biology, database maintenance and microfluidomics applied to microarray proteomics. He is an honorary editor for International Journal of Functional Informatics and Personalized Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design, together with partial appointments in Nature and Science, where he does regular revisions and comments. He has also been an editor of more than a dozen journals and proceedings books such as International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence (World Scientific), The Journal of Supercomputing (Springer Science), Proceedings of IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops and Proceedings of International Conferences on Artificial Intelligence, Genetic and Evolutionary Methods, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and Scientific Computing, Biomedical Imaging Journal, Biophysical informatics Journal, and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Germany in bioinformatics. He was the General Chair of the IEEE 7th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering at Harvard Medical School and Co-PI of several grants form the National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Institute of Health. He is also a consultant to IJCBS, MIR labs, and the International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Dr. Yang has delivered many invited talks including a number of keynote lectures to promote the emerging fields of functional informatics and personalized medicine and Applied binding-omics. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, especially in BMC Genetics, one of the most prestigious journals after Science and Nature. He specializes in cancer biology and artificial intelligence. His outstanding achievements together with strong dedication to science and collaborative attitude have been mentioned as an example for young scientists in the New York Times issue of December 2010. He is a permanent candidate to the Milenium Technology Prize.
Dr Yang completed recently a tour of invited talks in Japan, where he visited the most important universities of the country. He met with the prime minister Yoshihiko Noda to talk about possible solutions to the recent nuclear disaster.