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.

Spring 2003

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 10 Ziv Bar-Joseph
Laboratory for Computer Science, MIT
Time series expression data: From individual gene expression to genetic regulatory networks PDF
Feb. 17 Holiday
No Seminar
Feb. 24 Prof. Fritz Roth
Harvard Medical School
Making predicitions from function, phenotype and protein network data PDF
Mar. 3 Dr. Steve Bryant
NCBI's Conserved Domain Database PDF
Mar. 10 Prof. Hyman Hartman
Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT
The Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell: a genomic investigation
Part 2: What does the Microsporidian E. Cuniculi Tell Us About the Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell?
Mar. 17 Prof. Serafim Batzoglou
Department of Computer Science, Stanford University
Alignments, Motifs, and Microarrays PDF
Mar. 24 Spring Break
No Seminar
Mar. 31 Dr. Sorinn Istrail
Senior Directory of Informatics Research, Celera Genomics Corporation
Inferring Genomic Regulatory Systems: Teh Davidson Model PDF
Apr. 7 Prof. Michael Yaffe
Center for Cancer Research, MIT
A motif-based profile scanning approach for genome-wide prediction of signaling pathways PDF
Apr. 14 Prof Kevin Karplus
Univ of Calif, Santa Cruz
A protocol for evaluating local structure alphabets PDF
Apr. 21 Holiday
No seminar
Apr. 28 Dr. Gary Stormo
Washington University Medical School
Computational and Experimental Studies of Transcription Factor Binding PDF
May 5 Prof. David Bartel
Whitehead Institute & MIT Biology Department
Bioinformatics of Tiny Regulatory RNAs PDF
May 12 No Seminar
May 19 Dr. Joerg Stelling
Max Planck Institut, Dynamics of Complex Technical System, Magdeburg (Germany)
Metabolic pathway analysis for assessing network complexity, robustness and control 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.