Bioinformatics Seminar

The Bioinformatics Seminar is co-sponsored by the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Theory of Computation group at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The seminar series focuses on highlighting areas of research in the field of computational biology. This year, we are hoping to highlight three topics: (1) language models and their uses in biology and biomedicine, (2) ethical and societal issues in biomedical data (e.g. privacy, fairness), and (3) single-cell biology.

Fall 2003

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Sep. 15 Dr. Ye Ding
Wadsworth Center
Statistical Sampling Approach to RNA Folding Prediction and Rational Design of siRNAs PDF
Sep. 22 Holiday
Sep. 29 Dr. Hui Huang
Genome Therapeutics
Large-scale analysis of human disease genes in rat genome PDF
Oct. 6 Yom Kippur
Oct. 13 Columbus Day
Oct. 20 Dr. Fabrizio Ferré
Boston College
Functional annotation using local surface similarities: A novel approach to structural genomics PDF
Oct. 27 Prof. Jun Liu
Stats, Harvard
BPPS: An algorithm for analyzing protein sequence alignments PDF
Nov. 3 Dr. Manolis Kellis
Whitehead Institute
Evolutionary Genomics: Complete genome duplication and fate of duplicated genes PDF
Nov. 10 Veterans Day
Nov. 17 Prof. Gabor Marth
Boston College
Genome variation informatics: SNP discovery, demographic inference and human haplotype structure PDF
Nov. 24 No Lecture
Dec. 1 Dr. Alex Coventry
Comparative methods for detecting RNA secondary structure PDF
Dec. 8 No Lecture

Past Terms

A listing of the Bioinformatics Seminar series home pages from prior terms.

Organizers and Information

The Bioinformatics Seminar is hosted by MIT Simons Professor of Mathematics and head of the Computation and Biology group at CSAIL Bonnie Berger. Professor Berger is also Faculty of Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology, Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Faculty of MIT CSB, and Affiliated Faculty of Harvard Medical School.

The seminar is announced weekly via email to members of the seminar's mailing list and to those on CSAIL's event calendar list. It is also posted in the BioWeek calendar.

Bonnie Berger:

Shuvom Sadhuka (TA):

To be added to the seminar's email announcement list or for any questions you have about the seminar, please mail

If you plan to enroll in the associated course, 18.418/HST.504: Topics in Computational Molecular Biology, please contact Professor Berger ( and cc TA Shuvom Sadhuka ( for more information.