Trey Ideker is the Chief of Genetics and Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His research uses genomic data in order to construct network models of cellular processes and diseases
Ideker gained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. in 1994, his M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. in 1995 and his PhD in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Washington in 2001 under the supervision of Leroy Hood. While working with Hood, Ideker was one of the first researchers to publish an integrated computational model of a metabolic network. As of 2014, the paper describing this model has been cited over 1,900 times.
Ideker has served as Adjunct Professor at the Moores Cancer Center and has acted as a consultant for companies including Monsanto and Mendel Biotechnology.
Ideker serves on the Editorial Board of Bioinformatics and the Editorial Advisory Board of PLOS Computational Biology. In 2005, Ideker was named by the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. The following year, Technology Review named him as one of the top 10 innovators of 2006. In 2009, he was awarded the Overton Prize by the International Society for Computational Biology in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of computational biology