Congratulations to Prof Simon Tavaré, Group Leader and previous Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, upon his election as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Foreign Associates constitute only a small fraction of the Academy, with a maximum of 25 elected annually and the bar for election is exceptionally high.

Tavaré works at the interface of the mathematical sciences and the biological and medical sciences.  He pioneered probabilistic and statistical aspects of coalescent theory, full likelihood-based methods for sequence variation data, methods for ancestral inference, evolutionary approaches to cancer, and approximate Bayesian computation for inference in complex stochastic processes.