About the author

Dr. István Albert is renowned for being at the forefront of the Bioinformatics frontier and pushing the field forward in new directions.

He helped pioneer the Galaxy Bioinformatics Platform, an open source web-based tool that allows users to perform and share data-intensive biomedical research. He also developed BooleanNet, a biological system simulation software and the GeneTrack software platform that automates and processes large sets of biological data.

Currently, István is the lead software developer, maintainer and administrator of the website, Biostars: Bioinformatics Questions and Answers, the most comprehensive information source in Bioinformatics that is visited by millions of people every year.

Besides being well-known for his scientific innovations in three different scientific fields: Physics, Computer Science and Biology, Dr. Albert is a celebrated educator. The courses he develops are consistently highly ranked and revered by students. In 2014, István was awarded the Paul M. Althouse Outstanding Teaching Award at Penn State for the superb quality of his lectures. The lecture information that has garnered him such high praise is the very same material that you will find in the Biostar Handbook.

Dr. Albert is a Professor of Bioinformatics at Pennsylvania State University and the Director of the Bioinformatics Consulting Center at this institute. István established this cutting-edge research facility where he has advised and assisted dozens of brilliant young scientists in their ambitious endeavors. He also leads the Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Bioinformatics, a comprehensive Bioinformatics training course offered through the Penn State World Campus that allows anyone, anywhere, to attain in-depth knowledge of this exciting new field.

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