Steven Salzberg: brief biography



I am the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, where I’m also Director of the Center for Computational Biology. My group’s research focuses on the development of new computational methods for analysis of DNA from the latest sequencing technologies.  Over the years we have developed and applied  software to many problems in gene finding, genome assembly,  comparative genomics, evolutionary genomics, and sequencing technology itself.

Our current work emphasizes analysis of DNA and RNA sequenced with next-generation technology.  My blogs and other writing cover topics on the impact of science on society including the effects of pseudoscience, the problems of alternative medicine, the anti-vaccination movement, gene patents, and the influence of sports on higher education.  See the links elsewhere on this site for my scientific publications, my opinion pieces, and other news.


My father, Herman Salzberg, is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, retired from the University of South Carolina, and my mother, Adele Salzberg, is a retired school teacher. My brother Alan Salzberg is the founder and principal of Salt Hill Statistical Consulting, a data analysis company. My brother Robert Salzberg has a physical therapy practice, and my sister Deborah Salzberg is a research scientist in the School of Public Health at USC.

My older daughter, Annika Salzberg, is a Ph.D. student in an entomology lab (@PovedaLab) at Cornell University, and my younger daughter, Alyssa Salzberg, is a graduate student at University College Cork.