USW PhD researcher from Bangladesh elected Chair of the ISCB Student Council

February 6, 2017

Farzana Rahman from Bangladesh, a PhD researcher in the Faculty of Computing Engineering and Science has been elected by the members and Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) as the Chair of the ISCB’s Student Council for 2017-2018.

ISCB is a scholarly society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living systems through computation.

The ISCB Student Council works to strengthen and build the next generation of computational biology scientists. The Student Council chair oversees the daily operation of a scientific society with more than 1,500 official student members and more than 200 active volunteers spread out in Europe, Asia, South and Latin America, Africa and Australia.

Farzana said “I am thrilled to take up the new role. I look forward to strengthening the community of the young scientists across the globe.”

Prof. Denis Murphy, Farzana’s PhD supervisor, added: “Over the past few years, Farzana has shown exemplary dedication in her scientific outreach activities with students and researchers through ISCB Student Council.

“She has worked tirelessly as a great ambassador for USW and has helped raise its research profile through her promotion of computation and biology as key tools in the enhancement of our quality of life in fields such as medicine and agriculture.”

Dr. Pieter Meysman, from University of Antwerp and Student Council Chair 2016-2017, said: “I was very glad to see Farzana elected as the next chair, which is the next logical step for her career within the Student Council.

“In the past, she was one of the founding members of RSG-UK, one of the most successful RSGs to this date, she has been the chair/co-chair to two of the Student Council Symposia, she was the RSG vice-chair for the European region, and served as the Secretary of the Student Council for more than two years.

“As shown by the election results, she has impressed many within the ISCB of her work ethic, her communication skills, and her drive to push the society forward. She is exactly what the Student Council needs and I wish her and her team the best of luck going forward.”