Dr. Yana Bromberg is an associate professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Rutgers University. She holds an adjunct position at the Department of Genetics at Rutgers and is the Chief Scientific Officer at BioSof — a company for bioinformatics tool development. She is also a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Bromberg received her Bachelor degrees in Biology and Computer Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University, New York. She is known for her seminal work on a method for screening for non-acceptable polymorphisms, or SNAP for short, which evaluates the effects of single amino acid substitutions on protein function. Currently, research in the Bromberg lab is focused on the molecular functional annotation of microbiomes, aiming to identify emergent functionality specific to individual environmental niches. The lab also analyses human variomes for disease predisposition and the studies evolution of life’s electron transfer reactions. Dr. Bromberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computational Biology and actively participates in organizing the ISMB/ECCB conferences (ISMB stands for Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology, and ECCB is it's European equivalent). She chairs conference proceedings, conducts workshops, and organizes a special interest group aimed at the study of genomic variation — VarI-SIG. Dr. Bromberg's work has been recognized by several awards, including the recent NSF CAREER award, the TSS young investigator award from the American Society for Microbiology, the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, the PhRMA foundation young investigator research starter award and the Hans-Fischer award for outstanding early career scientists from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Technical University of Munich. Dr. Bromberg also serves as an editor and a reviewer of several top bioinformatics journals, including BMC Genomics and PLoS Computational Biology. To date, she has authored or co-authored 40 peer reviewed scientific articles and has been invited to give over 80 talks.