University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada & University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
Lila Kari is Professor in the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada and the Department of Computer Science at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. She received her M.Sc. in 1987 from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and received the Nevanlinna Prize for the best mathematics Ph. D. thesis in mathematics in Finland in 1991. Author of more than 200 peer reviewed articles, Professor Kari is regarded as one of the world's experts in the area of biomolecular computation, that is using biological, chemical and other natural systems to perform computations. In 2015 she received the Rozenberg Tulip Award for the DNA Computer Scientist of the Year, awarded at the 21st International conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming, Harvard University, USA.
Lila Kari has served as Steering Committee Chair for the DNA Computing and Molecular Programming conference series, as Steering Committee member for the Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation conference series, as well as on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation, and Engineering. In additional to being Editor-in-Chief of the journal Theoretical Computer Science, Series C (Theory of Natural Computing), she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Natural Computing and Journal of Universal Computer Science, on the advisory board for the EATCS-Springer series Monographs in Theoretical Computer Science and Texts in Theoretical Computer Science, and has served as section editor for the Handbook of Natural Computing (Springer Verlag, 2012). She has additionally served as a member of the Board of Directors of the FIELDS Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Canada, the UK EPSRC Peer Review College, on the NSERC Grant Selection Committee on Computing and Information Systems, and the NSERC Herzberg-Brockhouse-Polanyi Prize joint selection committee. From 2002 to 2011 she was Canada Research Chair in Biocomputing, and her current research focusses on theoretical aspects of bioinformation and biocomputation, including models of cellular computation, nanocomputation by DNA self-assembly, Watson-Crick complementarity in formal languages, and comparative genomics.