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 2018

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 14 Olga Vitek
Statistical Design and Analysis for Reproducible Quantitative Mass Spectrometry-based Experiments PDF
Feb. 21 Po-Ru Loh
Harvard Medical
Leveraging long range phasing to detect mosaicism in blood at ultra-low allelic fractions PDF
Feb. 28 Brian Cleary
Broad Institute
Understanding genetic networks with Compressive Biology PDF
Mar. 7 Yaniv Erlich
Columbia University
Quantitative analysis of population-scale family trees with millions of relatives PDF
Mar. 14 Shirley Liu
Harvard & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Mar. 21 Rob Patro
Stony Brook
Apr. 4 Manolis Kellis
Apr. 11 Mona Singh
Apr. 18 Barbara Engelhardt
Apr. 25 TBA
May 2 Alkes Price
Harvard, Broad
May 9 Daniel Segre
Boston University
May 16 Lenore Cowen

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.