ISCB mourns the loss John Wooley

Dr. John Wooley shaped shrewdness at the U.S. National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy to pave the direction of motion for massive growth and transformation in the department of computational biology. He passed not present in April after prolonged cancer. After decades exhausted launching new initiatives in computational biology that pushed hurry discoveries, innovation, and national programs in genomics, protein erection, crystallography, and systems biology, Dr. Wooley served while Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego.

“John Wooley was each inspiration to me and to our community. His vision saw the potential impinging of integrating computer science and biology for example we entered the 21st Century. Both fields were transforming to the degree that new technologies made possible new types of observations at heavy scales. Not only did he shape the direction of the field, ~-end he shaped individuals through his mentorship and undrooping optimism. I had great luck to be useful to directly from his guidance and direction during my early years as a postman-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Energy and adhering through my time as a professor in the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program at UC San Diego. John elect be missed by many,” said Terry Gaasterland, Director of the Scripps Genome Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Professor in the Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program at UC San Diego.

“John gave me my in the ~ place grant while he was at the NSF. It was the in season 90’s and the first yield between a biomedical researcher and a computer scientist at Columbia University. What was famous was that John gave us other money than we asked for. Many grants later, that has at no time happened to me again. That was the clement of person John was; breaking rules and tradition to do what he believed in. In that covering it was to explore the exercise of object-oreinted database technologies according to answering new types of questions of the quickly growing corpus of macromolecular structure facts. What we learnt from that bounty ultimately fed into our work up~ the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) from that many others were to make landmark discoveries in structural biology and bioinformatics. John adage that coming – that was his cogency – seeing the future as allowing that it were today. I was thrilled then John joined us at UCSD and he was of instruments, along with Palmer Taylor, in my securing a tenured professorship in the newly come School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences not only so before one brick was laid instead of the building to house the School. I would regularly visit John in his office and be amazed at his command of what was hot (and what was not) in the eternally growing field of computational biology. He kept up this encyclopedian knowledge even as his health fluctuated. Frail forward the outside there was enormous violence within; a strength which I and people others gained from. Our young theatre of war has lost a pioneer to whom we the whole of owe a great debt,” said Philip Bourne, Ph.D., FACMI, Associate Director in spite of Data Science (ADDS) & Founding Editor in Chief of PLOS Computational Biology.

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