The ISCB Student Council and its RSGs are supported by various committees in their activities. There are currently five active committees:

Outreach and Volunteer Committee

The Outreach and Volunteer Committee of the Student Council is responsible for keeping the members of the ISCB and the Student Council up to date on our work. Beyond that, the Outreach and Volunteer Committee is planning and implementing all activities related to the promotion of the Student Council outside the ISCB and related to membership recruitment.

Committee Chair

Umesh Nandal,Bioinformatics laboratory Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics , Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Susanne HermansCentre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics (CMBI), Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Rodrigo Gonzalo ParraProtein Physiology Laboratory, Departamento de Quimica Biologica - IQUIBICEN-CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Shahin MohammadiDepartment of Computer Science, Purdue University, USA


Education and Internships Committee

The Education and Internship Committee's core task is to promote educational initiatives among Student Council and Regional Student Group members by setting up a global student network which that brings together students to discuss and learn.

We aim to provide a forum where computational biology and bioinformatics students worldwide will be able to freely voice their opinions on education issues. We plan to address relevant issues by presenting them to educators and education policy makers either directly or through committees of the ISCB.

Beyond this the Education and Internship Committee is compiling collections of educational and career resources for students at different stages of their career. Further responsibilities of the committee include the operation of the Student Council internship program and organization of career-related events at conferences such as ISMB and ECCB.

Committee Chair

Maina BitarFederal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil


Geoff Macintyre
Margherita Francescatto
Anupama Jigisha


Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising committee aims to create sufficient funds able to support the activities and growth of the Student Council. This includes events such as the Student Council Symposium and funding opportunities for Regional Student Groups and general operations. They are responsible for recruiting sponsors, grants and other funding opportunities. As well as creating and maintaining the budget and financial.

Committee Chair

Cynthia N. PrudenceDivision of Biological & Medical Physics, Department of Physics and Department of Computer Science & Statistics University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI


RSG Committee

The Regional Student Group Committee was set up in 2008 by the Student Council to oversee and coordinate the activities of RSGs across the world. The RSG Committee serves as a channel for communication between the Student Council and the RSGs. 

RSG leaders interested in joining the RSG Committee please contact

Committee Chair

Chinmay Kumar DwibediSwedish Defense Research Agency [FOI] & Deapartment of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden


Web Committee

The main task of this committee is to maintain and develop the web infrastructure of the Student Council. At the moment we are developing and maintaining the ISCB Student Council portal and the Student Council symposium web site.

Committee Co-Chairs

Pieter MeysmanUniversity of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
Dan DeBlasioUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA


Tomas Di Domenico
Stefan Naulaerts

Emeritus Volunteers

Thomas AbeelVIB, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium & Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA
Alexandr Goncearenco