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 2019

Date Speaker Title Abstract
Feb. 13 Predrag Radivojac
Northeastern University
Deciphering molecular mechanisms of disease consequent to mutation via semi-supervised learning PDF
Feb. 20 X. Shirley Liu
Hidden cancer immunology insights from tumor RNA-seq PDF
Feb. 27 Soumya Raychaudhuri
Fast, sensitive, and accurate integration of single cell data to define cell-type specific immune disease mechanisms PDF
Mar. 6 George Gerber
Bayesian machine learning models for understanding microbiome dynamics PDF
Mar. 20 Idoia Ochoa
Univ of Illinois Urbana
Genomic analysis pipeline: overview, challenges, and proposed solutions PDF
Apr. 3 Karel Brinda
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Lineage calling can identify antibiotic resistant clones within minutes PDF
Apr. 10 Travis Gibson
Learning microbial dynamics for therapeutic applications: Scalable inference, robustness, and control. PDF
Apr. 17 Ruth Nussinov
Tel Aviv University
Interface Mimicry-Based Prediction of Host-Microbe Interactions PDF
Apr. 24 Peter Park
Mutational signature analysis and its applications to the clinic PDF
May 1 Paul Medvedev
Penn State
Data structures to represent sets of k-mers. PDF
May 13 Su-In Lee
University of Washington
Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine PDF
May 15 Tsachy Weissman
On storage of and in DNA 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.