SBP scientist recognized by Biocom for contributions to San Diego life science industry

| Written by Monica May
Tao Long. Ph.D.

Tao Long, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Bioinformatics and Structural Biology Program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP), has been named a 2018 Life Science Catalyst by Biocom, the association representing the California life science industry. 

This annual award celebrates up-and-coming individuals in the life science industry—including scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders and business advisers—who are making a lasting and positive mark on Southern California’s life science industry prior to their 40th birthdays. Read the full list of winners.

Scientists know that individuals’ genetic makeups and gut microbiomes play important roles in human health. But sorting through genomic and clinical data is technologically complex. Long and her team are developing bioinformatics and machine-learning algorithms to help uncover links between our genes as well as the genes of the trillions of microbes that live in our gut and disease. This work could help us learn more about health conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.

“Marked by their contributions to research, discovery and entrepreneurship in San Diego and Los Angeles, this year’s Life Science Catalyst Award recipients showcase the up-and-coming leaders who are transforming the life science industry,” says Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “Biocom is honored to recognize these people who are utilizing their skill sets to positively impact human health across the globe.”

The 17 award winners will be featured in the fall edition of Biocom’s LifeLines magazine and honored during the December Biocom Board of Directors meeting. 

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