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 2009

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb 4 TBA
Feb 11 Lenore Cowen
Fault Tolerance in Protein Interaction Networks: Stable Bipartite Subgraphs and Redundant Pathways PDF
Feb 18 Shuba Gopal
formerly at Rochester Institute of Technology
Genetic Algorithm Learning: A New Approach for the Discovery of Small, Diffuse Patterns in Genomic Sequences PDF
Feb 25 Francois-Major
University of Montreal
The Discovery of Nucleotide Cyclic Motifs, the Implementation of the MC-Fold and MC-Sym Pipeline, and the Prediction of Small and Large RNA 3-D Structures PDF
Mar 4 Amy Keating
Designing Protein-Protein Interaction Specificity PDF
Mar 11 Rolf Backofen
Universitat Freiburg
Non-Coding RNAs: How to Find Them and How to Find Targets PDF
Mar 18 Tobias Bollenbach
Harvard University
Non-optimal Microbial Response to Antibiotics Underlies Drug Interactions PDF
Mar 30 Jinbo Xu
Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
Protein Threading by Nonlinearly Combining Evolutionary and Non-evolutionary Information PDF
Apr 1 David Reich
Harvard University
Reconstructing Indian Population History PDF
Apr 8 Samuel Kou
Harvard University
Exploring Global Energy Landscape of Lattice Protein Models Via Monte Carlo Methods PDF
Apr 15 Austin Che
MIT, Ginkgo BioWorks
Engineering Synthetic Splicing Ribozyme Systems PDF
Apr 22  Charles W. O'Donnell
Modeling Ensembles of Beta-Sheet Folds PDF
Apr 29 Ivan Dotu
Combinatorial Optimization Applications in Computational Biology PDF
May 6 Jim Collins
Bacterial Network Biology
May 13 Jin Liu
A Bayesian Partition Model for Detecting eQTL Modules 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.