Lenore Cowen earned her doctorate at MIT in 1993 and is currently a professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. She completed a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She has been named an ONR Young Investigator and a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research interests span three areas: Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms and, most recently, Computational Molecular Biology. She has coauthored with biologists, applied mathematicians and pure mathematicians in large groups and in pairs and has published almost fifty papers. She is on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics and of SIAM Review.