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 2006

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Sep 11 David Sankoff, Univ of Ottawa Genome rearrangement algorithms in statistical and biological perspectives PDF
Sep 18 Teresa Przytycka, National Center of Biotechnology Information, NLM, NIH Delineating dynamics of biological processes from static biological networks PDF
Oct 16 Grégory Batt, BU Combining discrete abstraction and model checking for the analysis of partially-known models of natural and synthetic gene networks PDF
Oct 23 Russell Schwartz, CMU Near-perfect Phylogeny Construction from Genetic Variation Data PDF
Oct 30 W. Andrew Lorenz, BC A Self-adaptive Random Walk Algorithm to Identify Genetic Epistatic Effects PDF
Nov 6 Ken Dill, UCSF Protein folding: Is it still a problem? PDF
Nov 13 Aviv Regev, MIT Biology/Broad Institute Natural history and evolutionary principles of gene duplication in fungi PDF
Nov 20 Shamil Sunyaev, Harvard How bad is the human genome or what can we learn from sequencing many humans? 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.