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Steven Salzberg, Ph.D.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Professor of Biomedical Engineering



  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
  • Director, Center for Computational Biology
  • Member, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering

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Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-614-6112

Research Interests

Genome technology; Genome assembly; Gene finding; Bioinformatics; Genomics


Steven Salzberg is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostiatistics, and is the Director of the Center for Computational Biology in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. From 2005-2011, he was the Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) and the Horvitz Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. From 1997-2005 he was Senior Director of Bioinformatics at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville, Maryland, one of the world's leading DNA sequencing centers at the time. 

Dr. Salzberg received his B.A. degree in English and M.S. and M.Phil. degrees in Computer Science from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University. He joined the Computer Science Department at Johns Hopkins as an Assistant Professor in 1989.

Dr. Salzberg has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific publications, and his h-index is 114. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and a former member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at NIH. He was the 2013 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +
    • B.A., Yale University (Connecticut) (1980)
    • M.S., Yale University (Connecticut) (1982)
    • M.Phil., Yale University (Connecticut) (1984)
    • Ph.D., Harvard University (Massachusetts) (1989)
  • Research & Publications +


    You can find more information about Dr. Salzberg's lab here

    Lab Website: Salzberg Lab

    CORE Facilities

    Computational Biology Consulting Core

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +

    Courses and Syllabi

    Bioinformatics for Metagenomics (CMSC 828G)
    University of Maryland

    Computational Gene Finding and Genome Assembly (CMSC 828N/H)
    University of Maryland

    Computational Biology (CS 600.439)
    Johns Hopkins University

    Artificial Intelligence (CS 600.435)
    Johns Hopkins University

    Expert Systems (CS 600.350)
    Johns Hopkins University

    Machine Learning (CS 600.661)
    Johns Hopkins University

    Natural Language Processing (CS 600.665)
    Johns Hopkins University

  • Activities & Honors +


    • “The Hottest Research of 1999-2000”, Institute for Scientific Information.
    • Chosen for
    • Member, International Advisory Committee
    • Editorial Board, Artificial Intelligence Review, 1995 - 2002
    • Career Award, NIH, 1996 - 1998
    • Editorial Board, Pattern Analysis and Applications, 1997 - 2000
    • Editorial Board, Gene, 1999 - 2003
    • Associate Editor, Bioinformatics, 2001 - 2006
    • Associate Editor, Journal of Computational Biology, 2002
    • Editorial Board, Applied Bioinformatics, 2002 - 2006
    • Editorial Board, BMC Genomics, 2003
    • Editorial Board, BMC Bioinformatics, 2003
    • Editorial Board, BMC Biology, 2003
    • Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2003 - 2008
    • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004
    • Editorial Board, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 2005
    • Editorial Board, PLoS ONE, 2006
    • Hot 100 authors, BioMed Central, 2007
    • Member, Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section, 2007 - 2011
    • Board of Reviewers, PLoS Currents Influenza, 2008 - 2012
    • Editorial Board, Biology Direct, 2008
    • Member, Faculty of 1000, 2008
    • Editorial Advisory Board, Genome Biology, 2009
    • Co-winner of Genome Biology Award, 2009
    • Editorial Board, Genome Research, 2009 - 2014
    • Fellow, International Society for Computational Biology, 2013
    • Winner, Robert G. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking, 2013
    • Winner, Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences, 2013
  • Videos & Media +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Steven Salzberg receives the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences.

    Interview with GeneWatch on the medical promise of sequencing, Dec 2012.

    Interview on NPR's podcast, Shots, on multivitamins and cancer, 29 Oct 2012.

    Interview on vaccines, flu, and whooping cough, on the Kojo Nnamdi show (WAMU radio), 21 Aug 2012

    What biologists should know about genome assembly, a Technology Feature article in Nature Methods

    Interview on Midday with Dan Rodricks, on Alternative Medicine, WYPR public radio, 25 Oct 2011

    How anthrax sleuths cracked the case by decoding genetic fingerprints (Washington Post, 16 Apr 2011)

    Forbes articles by Dr. Salzberg

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