Bonnie Berger

Bonnie Berger


Bonnie Berger is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with a joint appointment in Computer Science in EECS. She is also head of the Computation and Biology group and member of the Theory of Computation group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). She works on a number of problems at the interface of algorithms and biology. Many of the advances in modern biology revolve around recent advances in automated data collection and the subsequent large data sets drawn from them. She designs algorithms to gain biological insights from this data and from future sources. She works on a diverse set of problems, including Protein Folding, Network Inference, Genomics, and Disease Classification. Additionally, her group collaborates closely with biologists implementing these new techniques in order to design experiments to maximally leverage the power of computation for biological explorations. Professor Berger has co-authored over eighty scholarly research articles and has been invited to present at conferences in fields ranging from randomized algorithms and graph theory to computational molecular biology. Professor Berger has won numerous awards and honors including a National Science Foundation career award, a Radcliffe Bunting Institute Science Scholarship, and the Biophysical Society's Dayoff Award for research among others. In 1999 Professor Berger was named one of Technology Review Magazine's innaugural TR100 for being a top young innovator of the twenty-first century. In 2004 she was elected as a Fellow of the ACM. In addition to being on the editorial boards for several journals, she has recently served as Program Chair for RECOMB 2010 and Area Chair for ISMB 2010.


  • W. Hobbs, C.E. Jesurum, V. Pulim, and B. Berger. "Topological Modeling of Cascade Amorphization in Network Structures Using Local Rules.'' Material Science and Engineering A, no. 1-2 (Sept.1998):16-29.
  • S. Batzoglou, B. Berger, D.J. Kleitman, E.S. Lander, and L. Pachter. "Recent Developments in computational Gene Recognition.'' Documenta Mathematica: J. DMV, (1998), Extra Volume ICM I, 649-658.
  • R.S. Schwartz, P.E. Prevelige, P.W. Shor, and B. Berger. "Local Rules Simulation of the Kinetics of Virus Capsid Self-Assembly.'' Biophysical Journal 75, no.1 (Dec.1998): 2626--2636.
  • B. Berger, G. Hoest, J. Paulson, and P.W. Shor. "On the Structure of the Scaffolding Core of Bacteriophage T4.'' J. of Computational Biology (Spring 1999):


  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne: Honorary Doctorate (2015)
  • International Society for Computational Biology: Fellow (2012)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Fellow (2012)
  • National Institute of Health: NIH Director's Margaret Pittman Lecture for Outstanding Scientific Achievement & Lectureship (2012)
  • Association for Computing Machinery: Fellow (2003)
  • Technology Review: 100 Brilliant Young Innovators (1999)
  • Biophysical Society: Dayoff Award (1998)
  • 8th International Conference on Radiation Effects in Insulators (with Hobbs Sreeram Jesurum).: Best Paper Award (Image and Multimedimensional Signal (1995)
  • National Science Foundation: Career Award (1995)
  • MIT: George M. Sprowles Prize (1990)