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 2010

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb 10   Talk has been re-scheduled due to the weather conditions.
Feb 17 Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
Northeastern University and Harvard Medical School
Network Medicine: From Cellular Networks to the Human Diseasome PDF
Feb 24 Enoch Huang and Stephen Campbell
Pfizer Inc
Visualizing the drug-target landscape (Time change: 11:00 - 12:30pm, refreshments at 10:30) PDF
March 3 Dana Pe'er
Columbia University
Driving Mutations: Lessons from Yeast and Cancer PDF
March 10 Russel Schwartz
Cernegie Mellon University
Computational inference of tumor heterogeneity for cancer phylogenetics PDF
March 17 Peter Clote
Boston College
Recent results on RNA PDF
March 31 Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Dartmouth University
Graphical models of interacting proteins PDF
April 7 John Brownstein
Harvard Medical School
Computational Epidemiology PDF
April 14 Ben Raphael
Brown University
Characterization of Somatic Mutations in Cancer Genomes PDF
April 21 Isaac Kohane
Children's Hospital, Boston, Harvard University
Preventing the Incidentalome and Practicing a Responsible Responsible Personalized Medicine. PDF
April 28 Lenore Cowen
Tufts University
Remote Homology Detection: Beyond Hidden Markov Models PDF
April 29 Nir Ben-Tal
Tel Aviv University
Computational Studies Revealed Determinants of the Specificity in the Swine and Avian Flu PDF
May 5 Ron Weiss
Princeton University
Genetic Circuits 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.