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.

Schedule - Spring 2015

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 11 Noam Kaplan,
UMass Medical
How the 1D genome encodes 3D topological domains PDF
Feb. 18 Po-Ru Loh,
Harvard Medical
Fast linear mixed model algorithms for association testing and heritability analysis PDF
Feb. 25 Uri Alon,
Weizmann Institute of Science
Pareto optimality in the evolution of animal morphology and gene expression
Mar. 4 Jerome Waldispuhl,
Crowdsourcing genomics research PDF
Mar. 11 David Reich,
Harvard Medical
Massive migration from the Eurasian steppe was a source for Indo-European languages in Europe PDF
Mar. 18 Debora Marks,
Harvard Medical
Evolutionary couplings: causal relationships for discovery and design PDF
Apr. 1 Michael Baym,
Harvard Medical
Evolution, Antibiotics, and Algorithms PDF
Apr. 8 Ben Raphael,
Apr. 15 Jadwiga Bienkowski ExpertMIX stratification of molecular profiles and clinical phenotypes PDF
Apr. 22 Bonnie Berger
Computational biology in the 21st century: Algorithms that scale PDF
Apr. 29 Eric Kelsic,
Harvard Medical
Interactions in genes and ecosystems PDF
May 6 Konstantin Zeldovich,
UMass Medical School
Biophysics and Bioinformatics of Influenza Virus Reassortment PDF
May 13 Jennifer Listgarten,
Linear Mixed Models for Genome and Epigenome-Wide Association Studies 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.