Janet Kelso is head of the Bioinformatics research group at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Her research focusses on the analysis of ancient genomes, particularly the genomes of archaic humans. Her group has a particular interest in the development of novel computational approaches for the analysis of ancient DNA, and in using these approaches to gain insights into genome evolution. Janet received her PhD in bioinformatics from the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape under the supervision of Professor Winston Hide. She is author of more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Janet is the co-Editor-in-chief of the journal Bioinformatics together with Alfonso Valencia. Janet is an active member of the Board of the International Society of Computational Biology, and has held positions as both Vice-president and Secretary. She was named a Fellow of the Society in 2015.