David S. Holmes, PhD


David Holmes is director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida, Santiago, and is Full Professor at the University of Andrés Bello. He received his Bachelor’s degree (1st Class Honors and Kingsmill Jones Prize in Natural Sciences) 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 160 publications and has an H-index of 42 and an i10-index of 86 (www.scholar.google.cl). One of his papers became a Scientific Citation Classic (1994). He has made over 480 presentations and invited talks in 35 countries and has graduated 33 doctoral and master’s students.

His honors and awards include: member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Panel to the Governor of New York state; election to the New York Academy of Science; member of the Scientific Advisory Board, International Museum of Life, Boston; member, NSF review panel; International Board of the American Society for Microbiology; chairman of several international congresses and workshops; editorial board member of numerous journals and member of several scientific societies including co-founder of the Ibero-American Society for Bioinformatics (SOI-BIO). In February, 2015 he was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. He has been cited as one of the most influential scientists in the development of Bioinformatics in Latin America.