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 2017

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 15 Kasper Lage, Genetics
Functional interpretation of genomes using biological networks PDF
Feb. 22 Eliezer Van Allen
HMS, Dana Farber
Accelerating precision cancer medicine through clinical computational oncology PDF
Mar. 1 Matan Hofree
Broad, Dana Farber
Challenges in identifying cancer genes in the face of inter and intra tumor heterogeneity PDF
Mar. 8 Rachel Kolodny
University of Haifa, Israel
Studying reuse patterns in the protein universe PDF
Mar. 15
Postponed to April 10th
Christina Leslie
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mar. 20
Aviv Regev
MIT, Broad
Perturb-Seq: Dissecting Cellular Circuits with Single Cell RNA-Seq PDF
Mar. 22 Jian Peng
Learning representations of protein from sequence, structure, and network PDF
Apr. 5 Ben Raphael
Princeton University
Algorithms for Inferring Evolution and Migration of Tumors PDF
Apr. 10 Christina Leslie
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Decoding epigenetic programs in cellular differentiation and T cell dysfunction in tumors PDF
Apr. 12 Donna Slonim
Tufts University
Anomaly Detection for Precision Medicine PDF
Apr. 19 Stirling Churchman
FIDDLE: An integrative deep learning framework for functional genomic data inference PDF
Apr. 26 Raghavendra Hosur
Network-based approaches to identify disease-relevant mechanisms PDF
May 3 David Sontag
Electronic medical record phenotyping using the anchor and learn framework PDF
May 10 Sean Simmons
Genomic Databases and Genomic Privacy: Can we have the best of both worlds? PDF
May 17 Isaac Kohane
Update on Computational Approaches to Autism Research 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.