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 2013

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb 13 Tamer Kahveci, University of Florida Uncertainity in biological networks: Challenges, Solutions and Opportunities PDF
Feb 20 Bree Aldridge, Tufts Understanding the richness of single cell phenotype through measurement and modeling PDF
Feb 27 Peter Clote, BU RNA conformational switches and the Fast Fourier Transform PDF
Mar 6 Jerome Waldispühl, McGill Exploring the RNA mutational landscape PDF
Mar 13 Leonid Chindelevitch, Harvard MONGOOSE - a new approach to metabolic network analysis PDF
Mar 20 Lenore Cowen Genecentric: Uncovering Graph-theoretic Structure in High-throughput Epistasis Data PDF
Mar 27 Spring Break No Meeting
Apr 3 Alkes Price, Harvard Dangerous Adventures with Mixed Models PDF
Apr 10 Cristian Tomasetti, Harvard Stochastic Modeling of the Accumulation of Passenger and Driver Mutations in Cancer PDF
Apr 15 Holiday (Patriots Day) No Meeting
Apr 17 Teresa Przytycka Towards uncovering phenotype/genotype relationships and systems level modeling of tumor heterogeneity PDF
Apr 25 Julius Lucks, Cornell Towards A Platform for Engineering RNA Regulatory Networks Using High Throughput RNA Structure Characterization PDF
May 1 Seyoung Kim, CMU Sparse Learning Methods for Dissecting the Genetic Control of Biological Systems PDF
May 8 Gevorg Grigoryan, Dartmouth Learning from Nature to Engineer Proteins PDF
May 15 Sohini Ramachandran Signatures of the great human expansion PDF
May 20 Final Exams No Meeting

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.