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Ivet Bahar



Department of Computational & Systems Biology
School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
3064 Biomedical Science Tower 3
3501 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Voice: 412 648 3332 - Fax: 412 648 3163



Current Position

Distinguished Professor and John K. Vries Chair,  Department of Computational and Systems Biology, School of Medicine (SOM), University of Pittsburgh (Pitt)

Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute


Ph.D. in Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 1986
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1983
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, turkey, 1980


Distinguished Professor of Comp & Systems Biol, Dec 2013-present
Associate Director, U of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute, 2010-present
Director/PI, MMBioS, NIGMS Biomed Technol & Res Center,
Joint Center between Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, PSC & Salk Inst, 2012-present
John K. Vries Chair, Dept of Comp & Systems Biol, SOM, Pitt, 2010-present

Co-Director, Clinical & Translational Sci Inst, Mol & Sys Modeling Core, 2010-2012
John K. Vries Chair, Dept of Comp Biol, SOM, Pitt, 2005-2010
Founding Chair, Dept of Comp Biol, SOM, Pitt, 2004-2010
Founding Director, PhD Program in Comp Biol, Pitt & Carnegie Mellon U, 2005-2009
Founding Director, Center for Comp Biol & Bioinformatics, SOM, Pitt, 2001-2004
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry, SOM, Pitt, 2001-2004

Professor, Chem Eng Dept, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 1993-2001
Head, Adv Polymeric Matls Res Unit, TUBITAK, Bogazici U, Istanbul, 1998-2000
Director, Polymer Research Center, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 1992-2000
Fogarty Fellow & Visiting Scientist, Exp & Comput Biol Lab, NCI, 1992-2000 (summers)
Visiting Scientist, NATO & CNRS projects, Ecole Sup�rieure de Physique et Chimie Lab de Physicochimie Struct et Macromol (PCSM), Paris (short-term visits) 1989-1998
Visiting Professor, U of Akron, Inst of Polymer Sci, Akron, Ohio (summers) 1988-91
UNESCO Fellow, U of Akron, Inst of Polymer Science, Akron, Ohio (summer) 1987
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Dept, Bogazici U, Istanbul, 1987-93
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Dept, Bogazici U, Istanbul, 1986-87
Research Assistant, Chemistry Dept, Istanbul Technical U, Turkey, 1984-86

Honors and Awards

2016  Invited Speaker at the White House, Natl Strategic Computing Initiative 1st Year Anniversary
2016  Distinguished Lectureer, TIGP, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (elected by Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) students)
2015  International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Senior Member Designation
2014  Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award (U of Pittsburgh)
2010  Executive Board Member (Elected), Biophysical Society
2008  Elected Council Member, Biophysical Society
2008  Elected Council Member, International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology
2000  European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Elected Member
1998  Excellence in Research Award, Bogazici University
1997  Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA)(*), Principal Member (Elected)
1995  TUBITAK-TWAS Science Prize
1991  Sedat Simavi Physical Sciences Prize (joint with B. Erman)
1990  Chemistry Award for Young Scientists from TUBITAK (Turkish National Scientific and Technological Research Council)

        (*) Member of ALLEA (All European Academies)

Recent Professional Activities

2016 - 2020 NIH NLM Biomedical Library and Informatics Research Committee (BLIRC) Review Panel Membership
2015 "Innovate to Accelerate" online discussion forum via the NIH Common Fund, Member
2015 NIH NINDS Board of Scientific Counselors, Ad-hoc Member
2015 NIH -IMST-R, Pilot Centers for Precision Disease Modeling (U54) Study Section, Panel Member
2015 NIH Director's New Innovator Award, Editorial Review Panel Member
2015 - Editorial Board, Structure
2014 NIH Biomedical Technol & Res Centers (P41) Peer Review
2014 NIH Interdisciplinary Mol Sci and Training (IMST) Program Review
2014 NIH Study Section Chair, Special Emphasis Panel for Library of Integrated Network-Based Cell Signatures (LINCS): Perturbation-Induced Data & Signature Generation Centers (U54)
2014 - Editorial Board, Scientific Reports (Nature PBG)
2013 NIH Study Section Member, Special Emphasis Panel for Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
2013 NIH Study Section Member for R15 Area Review
2011  NIH Ad hoc Reviewer, EUREKA Proposals
2010  NIH Study Section Chair, IMST on Computational Biology, Image Processing, and Data Mining
2009  NIH Study Section Member, National Technology Centers for Networks and Pathways (TCNP), San Francisco
2008  Editorial Board, Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics
2008 - 2009  External Adv Board, Beckman Institute, Molec and Electric Nanostructures, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2007 - 2008  NIH Study Section Chair, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems (MABS)
2004 - 2007  NIH Study Section Member, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems (MABS)
2004 - 2007  Editorial Board, Biophysical Journal

Other Scientific Activities

06/2014  Elected Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Biopolymers
03/2012  Invited Speaker, EMBO Workshop VIZBI 2012 on Visualizing Biological Data, Heidelberg, Germany
12/2011  Invited Speaker, Zing Conference on Protein and RNA Structure Prediction, Cancun, Mexico
07/2011  Keynote Speaker, ISCB Student Council Symposium, 19th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/10th Annual European Conference on Computational Biology, Vienna, Austria
07/2011  Invited Speaker, International Conference on Mathematical Biology, Bangalore, India
06/2011  Invited Speaker, Albany 2011: The 17th Conversation, State University of New York at Albany
01/2011  Invited Speaker, Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2011, Kona, Hawaii, PSB Session on Multi-scale modeling of Biosystems: From Molecular to Mesoscale

For a complete list of activities in 2004-2012, please see Conferences.


2001  Member of the Biophysical Society
1998  Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  Member of the Protein Society
2002  Member of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
  Member of the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology
2009  Member, Center for Simulation and Modeling, Pitt
2006  Faculty, Ph.D. Program in Integrative Molecular Biology, Pitt
2005  Faculty and Steering Committee, Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology Ph.D. Program
2003  Member, Center for Biological Language Modeling, Carnegie Mellon University
2002  Faculty, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pitt
2002  Member, Molecular Medicine Institute, Pitt
2001  Core Faculty, Biomedical Informatics Training Program, Pitt

For a complete list of activities in 2004-2012, please see Conferences.


2014-2019  NIH-NIDA - P30, NIDA Center of Excellence for Computational Drug Abuse Research (CDAR) (Joint PI with Xiang-Qun and Xing)
2014-2018  NIH-NHGRI - U54, Center for Causal Modeling and Discovery of Biomedical Knowledge from Big Data (CCD) (Joint PI, with Cooper & Berg)
2012-2017  NIH-NIGMS - P41, BTRR on High Performance Computing for Multiscale Modeling of Biol Systems (MMBioS) (PI: Bahar)
2012-2016  NIH-NIGMS - R01, Continued Development of Protein Dynamics Software ProDy (PI: Bahar)
2009-2019  NIH-NIBIB - T32, Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Inter-University PhD Program in Comp Biology (CPCB) (Joint PI with Murphy, Russell & Benos)
2009-2014  NIH-NIGMS - R01, Structural Dynamics of Biomolecular Systems
2010-2015  NIH-NIAID - U19, Mitochondrial Targeting for Radiation Mitigation - (Chemoinformatics Core PI; PI: Greenberger)
2012-2017  NIH-NIDDK - P01, New Therapies for Liver Fibrosis and Hyperproliferation in α1-AT Deficiency (Comput Pharmacology Core PI; PI: Perlmutter)
2003-2013  NIH-NLM - R01, Bridging Sequence Patterns and Structural Dynamics (PI)
2009-2014  NIH-NCI - R01, Structure-based Design of Novel Small Molecule c-Myc Inhibitors (co-Investigator; PI: Prochownik)
2011-2013  NIH- NCRR - UL1, Clinical & Translational Science Institute (Molecular and Systems Modeling Core co-Director, with Faeder and Benos)
2007-2013  NIH - NIMH - R01, Molecular Studies of Human CNS Transporters (co-Investigator; PI: Amara)
2010-2012  NIH-NIGMS - U54, Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics Consortium (Computational Core co-Investigator; PI: Perozo)
2002-2010  NIH-NIBIB & NSF, Bioeng and Bioinformatics Summer Inst on Simulation & Comp Visualization of Biol Systems at Multiple Scales (PI: Bahar)
2005-2008  NIH-NIGMS - R33, Computational Prediction of Biomolecular Dynamics
2004-2009  NIH-NCI - P01, Dendritic Cell Biology and Therapy (co-Investigator; PI: Finn)
2005-2008  NIH- NIMH - U54, Pittsburgh Molecular Libraries Screening Center (Bioinformatics Core PI; PI: Lazo)
2003-2007  NIH-NIGMS - P20, Multiscale Dynamics of Cell Control and Apoptosis (PI: Bahar)
2002-2007  NSF-ITR, Computational Learning and Discovery for Protein Sequence, Structure & Function Mapping (co-Investigator; PI: Reddy)