Dr. Martin Ester

Dr. Martin Ester

M.Sc. Computer Science, University of Dortmund, Germany
P.hD. Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canadian (FRSC)

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Positions: 

Director, School of Computing Science, Simon Fraser University
Senior Research Scientist, Vancouver Prostate Centre

 

Dr. Martin Ester is Co-Director of SFU’s Data Mining Research Lab  in the School of Computing Science. He has more than 20 years of research experience in the areas of data mining and machine learning and is regarded as an international leader in his field. The highly-regarded Digital Library Aminer ranked Dr. Ester as the Top Most Influential Scholar in 2016 in the area of data mining.

As one of the foci of his research, Dr. Ester has explored the potential of data mining to support Precision Medicine. His lab has in particular worked on cancer marker discovery, patient stratification, and drug-target interaction prediction, all in collaboration with Drs. Collins and Cherkasov. In terms of computational methods, he has mainly used probabilistic graphical models, and more recently Deep Neural Networks.

Dr. Ester is not only interested in basic research, but also in the translation of research results into industrial or clinical applications. A successful way of knowledge translation is the development of open source tools. For instance, PSORTb, developed together with Dr. Fiona Brinkman’s lab at SFU several years ago, is still widely used as state-of-the-art tool for protein subcellular localization prediction in bacteria.

Another effective way of knowledge translation is the interdisciplinary training of graduate students, who have co-senior supervisors from the life sciences and are embedded in both the Data Mining Lab and a life science lab. Examples of such students who were trained together with Dr. Cenk Sahinalp are Phuong Dao (research scientist first at the NIH, now Memorial Sloan Kettering), Fereydoun Hormozdiari (assistant professor at UC Davis) and Faraz Hach (research scientist at the VPC).

 

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

Terry Fox Run fundraiser: September 19th, 2023

The 43nd Annual Terry Fox Run is taking place on Sunday September 19, 2023. If you are able, please consider joining and/or donating to our team (tax receipts issued), raising funds for the Terry Fox Foundation's ground-breaking cancer research

Pars for Prostate fundraiser: September 21, 2023

The Second Annual Pars for Prostate golf fundraiser in support of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC takes place September 21, 2022 at Westwood Plateau Golf Course. Join today to take part in this best ball, shotgun style tournament. Skilled holes, putting contest, draw prizes and more. For information and to register please click here.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Dr Artem Cherkasov receives world-wide challenge in drug discovery

Dr. Cherkasov
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Dr. Somasekharan has been granted a $1.12 million USD from the DOD Award