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Berger did her undergraduate studies at Brandeis University, and earned her doctorate from MIT in 1990 under the supervision of Silvio Micali.[6][3] As a student, she won the Machtey Award in 1989 for a paper on parallel algorithms that she published with fellow student John Rompel at the Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science.[citation needed]

Career and researchEdit

After completing her PhD, Berger remained at MIT for postdoctoral research where she became a faculty member in 1992.[6] Her research in bioinformatics has been published in leading peer reviewed scientific journals including Science, the Journal of Algorithms.[2][7][8] Her former doctoral students include Serafim Batzoglou,[3] Lior Pachter[4], Mona Singh.[5], Manolis Kellis, Russell Schwartz, Phil Bradley, Michael Baym, and Po-ru Loh.

As of January 2015, Berger has served as vice president of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)[9] and chair of the steering committee for RECOMB.[10]

Awards and honoursEdit

Berger was the 1997 winner of the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award.[11] In 1999, Berger was included in a list of 100 top innovators published by Technology Review.[12] In 2003, Berger became a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM),[13] and in 2012 she became an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).[14][15] In 2016, Berger was inducted into the college of fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).[16] She was included in the 2019 class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to computational biology, bioinformatics, algorithms and for mentoring".[17] She also received the Honorary Doctorate at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). She serves as a Member-at-Large of the Section on Mathematics at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was awarded the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award in 2019.[1]


  1. ^ a b Fogg, Christiana N; Shamir, Ron; Kovats, Diane E (2019). "Bonnie Berger named ISCB 2019 ISCB Accomplishments by a Senior Scientist Award recipient". Bioinformatics. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btz389. ISSN 1367-4803. PMC 6534070. PMID 31164973.
  2. ^ a b c Bonnie Berger publications indexed by Google Scholar  
  3. ^ a b c d Bonnie Berger at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ a b Curriculum vitae: Lior Pachter (PDF), March 2015, retrieved October 22, 2015
  5. ^ a b Singh, Mona (1996). Learning algorithms with applications to robot navigation and protein folding. (PhD thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. hdl:1721.1/40579. OCLC 680493381.  
  6. ^ a b c "Bonnie Berger - MIT Mathematics".
  7. ^ Roy, S.; Ernst, J.; Kharchenko, P. V.; Kheradpour, P.; Negre, N.; Eaton, M. L.; Landolin, J. M.; Bristow, C. A.; Ma, L.; Lin, M. F.; Washietl, S.; Arshinoff, B. I.; Ay, F.; et al. (2010). "Identification of Functional Elements and Regulatory Circuits by Drosophila modENCODE". Science. 330 (6012): 1787–1797. doi:10.1126/science.1198374. ISSN 0036-8075. PMC 3192495. PMID 21177974.
  8. ^ Berger, Bonnie (1992). "Tight Bounds for the Maximum Acyclic Subgraph Problem". Journal of Algorithms. 25: 1–18. doi:10.1006/jagm.1997.0864.
  9. ^ "Aug 18, 2014 - ISCB Announces Results of the 2014 Officer Elections". ISCB. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "RECOMB STEERING COMMITTEE". Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Dayhoff Award, Biophysical Society, retrieved January 15, 2015.
  12. ^ "Bonnie Berger, 34",, Innovators Under 35, Technology Review, 1999.
  13. ^ "Bonnie Berger: ACM Fellow".
  14. ^ 2012 new members, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, retrieved January 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "Berger Named ISCB Fellow - MIT CSAIL". Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  16. ^ "Bonnie Berger to be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite" (PDF). AIMBE. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  17. ^ 2019 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved November 7, 2018