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Steven Salzberg, Ph.D.

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  • Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

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


Steven Salzberg is the 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 that have been cited over 140,000 times, and his h-index is 126. He is a Fellow of AAAS and ISCB, and a 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


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

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



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

Research & Publications


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

Lab Website: Salzberg Lab
Core Facility: Computational Biology Consulting Core

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-614-6112

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Bioinformatics for Metagenomics (CMSC 828G)
  • Computational Gene Finding and Genome Assembly (CMSC 828N/H)
  • Computational Biology (CS 600.439)
  • Artificial Intelligence (CS 600.435)
  • Expert Systems (CS 600.350)
  • Machine Learning (CS 600.661)
  • Natural Language Processing (CS 600.665)
  • Introduction to Genomic Research (EN 601.350)
    2018 - 2018
  • Introduction to Genomic Research (EN 600.340)
    2017 - 2017
  • Introduction to Genomic Research (EN600.340)
    2016 - 2016

Activities & Honors


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

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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

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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