He is a Biologist by training with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by the Universidad Autónoma Madrid and a postdoc in Bioinformatics at the EMBL Heidelberg, in Chris Sander’s lab. He started as group leader at National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) in 1995. He was made Research Professor in 2002. From 2006 to 2016 Valencia was Director Structural Biology and Biocomputing Programme of the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) and ViceDirector for basic Research from 2014 to 2016.
In 2004 he was appointed as Director of Spanish Bioinformatics Institute INB. In 2002 the INB was organized as a technical platform of ISCIII and in 2013 Dr. Valencia was appointed as Head of the Spanish node of the European Infrastructure for Life-Science Information, ELIXIR.
In 20017 Dr. Valencia moved to Barcelona as ICREA Professor and Director of the Life Science Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación.
As Computational Biologist Dr Valencia is interested in the analysis of large collection of genomic information with particular emphasis in the study of protein interaction networks applied to (epi)Genomics, Cancer Biology and Precision Medicine. His group is particularly interested in the application of Text Mining methodology to biomedical problems.
Alfonso Valencia has published more than 300 articles with an h-index of 94 (Google Scholar profile). His group participates in various international consortiums including GENCODE/ENCODE, BLUEPRINT/IHEC (epigenomics), RD-Connect/IRDiRC (rare diseases), CLL/ICGC/PCAWG (cancer genomics). Valencia is a founder and current member of the steering committee of the BioCreative Text Mining challenge, where he has emphasized particularly the importance of text mining in the connection between Molecular Biology and Chemistry.
Prof. Valencia is a founder member and current President of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). He is Executive Editor of the main journal in the field since 2006 (“Bioinformatics” OUP) and editors of FEBS Letters, PeerJ and F1000Prime. He is also reviewing Editor of e-LIFE. He has been member of a number of advisor boards, including EMBO, BioZentrum U. Basel, Swiss Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI chemical and protein domain databases, Department of Biology UPF, Department of Bioinformatics Curie Institute, and IRB-Barcelona, among others. Dr Valencia is Professor Honoris Causa by the Danish Technical University – DTU.