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 2011

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb 9 Stefan Washietl
Discriminating coding and non-coding RNAs using comparative sequence analysis PDF
Feb 16 Corina Tarnita
Harvard University
The Evolution of Eusociality PDF
Feb 23 Jinbo Xu
Probabilistic Graphical Model for Protein Structure Prediction PDF
March 2 Jerome Waldispuhl
McGill University
Ensemble Predictions of beta-sheet Protein Structures PDF
March 9 Franziska Michor
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health
Evolutionary dynamics of cancer
March 16 Leonid Chindelevitch
Information from Networks PDF
March 23 -- Spring Break --
March 30 Leonid Mirny How do cells pack their DNA, and why do we care about it
April 6 Irwin Jungreis
Evidence of abundant stop codon readthrough in Drosophila and other metazoa PDF
April 13 Nick Patterson Techniques for the analysis of ancient DNA PDF
April 20 Petros Drineas
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dimensionality reduction in the analysis of human genetics data PDF
April 27 Collin Stultz
Modeling Intrinsically Disordered Proteins PDF
May 4 Alkes Price
Liability threshold modeling increases power in case-control association studies PDF
May 11 Mona Singh
Princeton University
Sequence- and structure-based approaches for annotating protein sequences PDF
May 18th Ned Wingreen
Princeton University
Why are chemotaxis receptors clustered but other receptors aren't? 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.