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 2016

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 3 James Zou
Microsoft Research
Harnessing the unseen for next generation population genomics and epigenomics PDF
Feb. 10 (Room: Star 32-D463) Caroline Uhler,
Causal Inference and Gene Regulation PDF
Feb. 17 (Room: Kiva 32-G449) Po-Ru Loh,
Harvard School of Public Health
Fast and accurate long-range phasing in a UK Biobank cohort PDF
Feb. 24 (Room: Kiva 32-G449) Sean Simmons
Enabling genomic data sharing without violating patient privacy PDF
Mar. 2 (Room: Hewlett 32-G882) Nicolò Fusi,
Microsoft Research
In Silico Predictive Modelling of CRISPR/Cas9 guide efficiency PDF
Mar. 9 (Room: Star 32-D463) Michael Baym,
Harvard Medical
Evolutionary strategies to combat antibiotic resistance PDF
Mar. 16 Curtis Huttenhower,
Harvard School of Public Health
Algorithms for integrative functional metagenomics PDF
Mar. 23 Spring Break
Apr. 6 (Room: Kiva G-449) Ben Hescott,
Tufts University
Moving Beyond Local Patterns: New Ways to Reason about Biological Network Comparisons PDF
Apr. 13 (Room: Star 32-D463) Rafael Irizarry,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Apr. 20 Lenore Cowen,
Diffusion-Based Metrics for Biological Network Analysis PDF
Apr. 27 Yaniv Erlich,
NY Genome Center
Democratizing genetic surveillance PDF
May 4 Brad Malin,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
A Risk Analysis Perspective on Biomedical Data Privacy PDF
May 11 Jeremy Gunawardena,
Harvard University
The Hopfield barrier in gene regulation PDF
May 24 (Room: Patil/Kiva G449) Luay Nakhleh,
Rice University
Statistical Phylogenomics in the Presence of Reticulation 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.