Francisco Melo, Ph.D
Full Professor, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Francisco Melo general research line studies the relationship "sequence/structure/function" in proteins. This can be divided into two parts that in principle can be considered as independent, but in practice are interrelated: on the one hand the sequence/structure relationship and on the other the structure/function relationship.
David S. Holmes, Ph.D
Head of the Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at Fundacion Ciencia & Vida, Chile
David Holmes is director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida, Santiago, Chile and is Full Professor at the Universidad Mayor. He received a BA (Genetics) from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (1969) and his Ph.D in Biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology, USA (1973). He was a Damon Runyon Fellow in the Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech from 1973-76. He then held several academic positions from Assistant Professor to Full Professor in the USA and also worked for 6 years (1980-86) at the Research and Development Labs of General Electric. Dr. Holmes has over 180 publications (www.scholar.google.cl). One of his papers became a Scientific Citation Classic (1994). In 2015 he was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology and received a Life Time Achievement Award. He is a founding member of the Iberoamerican Society for Bioinformatics (SOI-BIO) and has worked in Chile for the past 25 years. He has been cited as one of the most influential scientists in the development of Latin American Bioinformatics.