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 2006

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 13 Joachim Theilhaber
GECKO: a complete large-scale gene expression analysis platform PDF
Feb. 20 Holiday (President's Day)
Feb. 27 Paul de Bakker
MGH-Molecular Biology
Human Genome Variation and Risk to Common Disease PDF
Mar. 6 William M. Gelbart
The Comparative Analysis of Insect Genomes PDF
Mar.13 Jacques Cohen
Towards a comprehensive view of computational approaches in systems biology PDF
Mar. 20 Karen Sachs
Bayesian network models of biological signaling pathways PDF
Mar.27 Julien Gagneur
Molecular Networks Decomposition and the Computation of Elementary Modes PDF
Apr. 3 Michael Zuker
Predicting nucleic acid hybridization and melting profiles. PDF
Apr. 10 Amy Keating
Computational Strategies for Predicting and Designing Protein Structure and Interactions PDF
Apr. 17 Holiday (Patriot's Day)
Apr. 14 Manolis Kellis
Whole-genome comparative genomics in the fly. PDF
May 1 Serafim Batzoglou
Models and algorithms for genomic sequences, proteins, and networks of protein interactions. PDF
May 8 Mona Singh
Analyzing and interrogating protein interaction maps using network schemas PDF
May 15> Jinbo Xu
A Parameterized Algorithm for Protein Structure Alignment PDF
May 22 Pierre Nicodeme
Laboratoire d'Informatique, LIX, Ecole Polytechnique, and
Algorithms Group of INRIA-Rocquencourt
Palaiseau (FRANCE)
Asymptotic Average Profiles, from Tries to Suffix-trees 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.