Peer Bork

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Peer Bork
Scientific career
FieldsComputational biology
InstitutionsEuropean Molecular Biology Laboratory

Peer Bork (born 4 May 1963[1]) is a German bioinformatician.[2] He is Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) site in Heidelberg, in south-west Germany.[3]

Bork received his PhD in biochemistry in 1990 from the Leipzig University and his habilitation in theoretical biophysics in 1995 from the Humboldt University of Berlin. He was appointed a Group Leader at EMBL in 1995.[4] He has worked on the microbiomes of humans and other animals.[2]

He is on the board of editorial reviewers of Science,[5] and is a senior editor of the journal Molecular Systems Biology.[6]

In 2000 Bork was elected as a Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization,[7] and in 2008 he received the Nature "mid-career achievement" award for science mentoring in Germany.[8] He was appointed a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2014.[4] He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Würzburg[4] in 2014 and the University of Utrecht in 2017.[9]

In 2021, Bork was awarded the Novozymes Prize "for developing groundbreaking, publicly available and integrative bioinformatic tools" by the Novo Nordisk Foundation[10]. He was also awarded the 2021 International Society for Computational Biology 'Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award' for "tremendous contributions to bioinformatics on a plethora of fronts within the field".[11]


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  5. ^ Editors and Editorial Boards. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Accessed December 2017.
  6. ^ Editors & Board. EMBO. Accessed December 2017.
  7. ^ [3]. EMBO. Accessed May 2020.
  8. ^ Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science – Germany (2008). Springer Nature. Archived 15 July 2017.
  9. ^ Honory [sic] Doctorate for bioinformatician Peer Bork. Utrecht Bioinformatics Center. Accessed December 2017.
  10. ^ [4]. Novo Nordisk. Accessed May 2021.
  11. ^ [5]. ISCB. Accessed May 2021.