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 2004

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Sep. 27 Daniel Caffrey
Are Protein-protein interfaces more conserved in sequence than the rest of the protein surface? PDF
Oct. 4 Simon Kasif
Boston University
Advances in Functional and Comparative Genomics: Towards Computer Assisted Biology? PDF
Oct. 11 Columbus Day No Lecture
Oct. 18 Fabrizio Ferre
Boston College
Disulfide connectivity prediction using secondary structure information and diresidue frequencies PDF
Oct. 25 Andre Levchenko
Johns Hopkins Univ
Oscillations in signal transduction: functional or accidental? PDF
Nov. 1 No lecture
Nov. 8 Mona Singh
Computational Methods Towards Predicting Aspects of Protein Structure and Interactions PDF
Nov. 15 Leonid Mirny
HST, MIT & Physics, MIT
Information Transmission and Fluctuations in Signaling Cascades PDF
Nov. 22 no lecture
Nov. 29 Jadwiga Bienkowska
Serono (SRBI)
GOTrees: Predicting GO Associations From Protein Domain Composition Using Decision Trees PDF
Dec. 6 Zoltan Szallasi
Children's Hospital Informatics Program, Harvard Medical School
Wheat, chaff, systems biology PDF

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.