Protein paper wins prestigious award for Monash PhD student

30 August 2019

In July, Monash Information Technology student Dinithi Sumanaweera won the esteemed Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper.

Joint 27th Annual Conference
Image credit: Dr Sonika Tyagi, Monash University

Drawing from one of the most important data streams in biology, Dinithi’s piece was celebrated at the 2019 Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and the European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB-ECCB) event. This is the largest, most high-profile annual flagship meeting held by ISMB.

Hosted in Basel, Switzerland, this year’s proceedings track was highly competitive, accepting only 19 per cent of submissions.

The conference focused on computation and methodology, and their valuable impact on the field of biology. Fittingly, Dinithi’s thought-provoking research explored how robust inductive inference models can be developed to identify distant, dynamic relationships between protein macromolecules.

Her paper has been published in the Oxford University Press Journal, Bioinformatics - which is currently ranked as a top digital academic publication.


Information Technology


Computer Science, Computational Biology, Oxford University Press Journal, Bioinformatics