Steven Salzberg’s Biosketch


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 and a member of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. 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 at the University of South Carolina (USC) and my mother, Adele Salzberg, is a retired school teacher.

My brother Alan Salzberg is at 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 wife Claudia and I have two daughters.