Bioinformatics Seminar Series
Mondays 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Boyer Hall 159

Sponsored by:
UCLA Division of Life Sciences, QcBio, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

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Spring Quarter 2020

UCLA Bioinformatics IDP will return with seminars this coming Fall 2020 Quarter

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and current UCLA protocols, there will be no Bioinformatics IDP Seminars for the Spring 2020 Quarter! Sorry for the inconvenience.


Previous Bioinformatics Seminars

Winter Quarter 2020

Monday, January 6
Olivier Harismendy, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, UCSD
“Genomics of Pre-Cancerous Lesions”
Hosted by Paul Boutros

Monday, January 13
Frank Alber, PhD
Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics and QCBio, College of Life Sciences, UCLA
“Mapping the spatial organization of genomes and cells”

Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday)
No Seminar

Monday, January 27
Morgan Levine, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology, School of Medicine, Yale University
“DNA Methylation Landscapes in Aging & Disease”
Hosted by Matteo Pelligrini

Monday, February 3
Gavin Ha, PhD
Assistant Member, Computational Biology Program Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
“Genomic alterations in advanced prostate cancer revealed by tumor and cell-free DNA sequencing”
Hosted by Paul Boutros

Monday, February 10
Yaping Liu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s, University of Cincinnati
“Cell-free DNA fragmentation patterns: from 1D to 3D”
Hosted by Jasmine Zhou

Monday, February 17 (President’s Day Holiday)
No Seminar

Monday, February 24
Zhiping Weng, PhD
Director, Program in Bioinformatics & Integrative Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
“An atlas of polymerase III-transcribed Alu elements across human cell types and tissues”
Hosted by Grace Xiao

Monday, March 2
Oana Carja, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
“On topologies that suppress or amplify selection: the role of spatial structure in evolutionary dynamics”
Hosted by Nandita Garud

Monday, March 9
Chongyuan Luo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Human Genetics, Molecular Biology Institute, UCLA
“Single nucleus multi-omics uncovers regulatory diversity of brain cell types and diseases”

Fall Quarter 2019

Monday, September 30
Abraham Palmer, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry, School of Health Sciences, UCSD
Title: “Genetic and genomic studies using more than 10,000 genetically heterogeneous rats: progress, challenges and goals”
Hosted by Jason Ernst

Monday, October 7
Aaron Meyer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA
Title: “Using Models in Drug Development: Engineering Cell Type-Selective Cytokines”

Monday, October 14
Shenshen Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biophysics-Soft Condensed Matter Physics, Physics & Astronomy, UCLA
Title: “Evolving generalists in changing landscapes”

Monday, October 21
Olivier Gevaert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) and Biomedical Data Science, School of Medicine, Stanford University
Title: “Multi-scale modeling of complex diseases”
Hosted by William Hsu

Monday, October 28
No Seminar

Monday, November 4
Ronglai Shen, PhD
Associate Attending Biostatistician, Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Title: “Harnessing rare somatic variants for tumor classification”
Hosted by Paul Boutros

Monday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day Holiday)
No Seminar

Monday, November 18
Wei Wang, PhD
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Medicine,
University of California, San Diego
Title: Fundamental and translational aspects of epigenomics”
Hosted by Grace Xiao

Monday, November 25
Gustavo Stolovitzky, PhD
Program Director, Translational Systems Biology and Nanobiotechnology, IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Title: “Isolation, tissue specific RNA markers and early cancer detection studies in circulating extracellular vesicles from prostate and liver cancer patients
Hosted by Paul Boutros

Monday, December 2
Yoseph Barash, PhD
Associate Professor, Genetics, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Modeling RNA Splicing – from “Big Data” RNASeq quantifications to interpreting predictive deep learning models”
Hosted by Grace Xiao


Spring Quarter 2019

Monday, April 1
Su-Li Lee, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Washington, Seattle
Title: “Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Precision Medicine”
Hosted by Eleazar Eskin

Monday, April 8
Lana Garmire, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by Matteo Pellegrini

Monday, April 15
Xiang Zhou, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by Sriram Sankararaman

Monday, April 22
Yun S. Song, PhD
Professor, UC Berkeley
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by Jessica Li

Monday, April 29
Christina Leslie, PhD
Associate Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by Grace Xiao

Monday, May 13
Paul L. Auer, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by Bogdan Pasaniuc

Monday, May 20
Sally Blower, PhD
Professor, UCLA
Title: “TBD”


Winter Quarter 2019

Monday, January 7

Han Chen, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
School of Biomedical Informatics
Efficient genetic association tests for correlated samples from large-scale whole genome sequencing studies

Monday, January 14

Hannah Carter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics
University of California, San Diego
MHC genotype shapes the oncogenic landscape

Monday, January 21 (MLK Day)
No Seminar

Monday, January 28

Ran Blekham, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology & Development
University of Minnesota
Functional and Population Genomics of host-microbiome interactions”


Monday, February 4
Vicky Yao, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Princeton University
“Integrative network-based approaches to understand human disease”

Monday, February 11

Wei Li, PhD
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
“Epigenetic Regulation of Cancer Driver Genes”

Monday, February 18 (Presidents Day)

No Seminar

Monday, February 25
Nandita Garud, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept
University of California, Los Angeles
“Rapid Adaptation in Natural Populations: Lessons from Drosophila and the Human Microbiome”


Monday, March 4
Steven Brenner, PhD
Professor, Plant and Microbial Biology Dept
University of California Berkeley
“Sequencing Newborn Genomes”


Monday, March 11
Chaolin Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Columbia University Medical Center
“An RNA-centric view of neurodevelopment: from single nucleotide resolution maps to functions”


Fall Quarter 2018

Monday, October 1
Dr. Feng Yue
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Institute for Personalized Medicine
Penn State School of Medicine

Monday, October 8
Dr. Valerie Arboleda
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, October 15
Dr. Baolin Wu
Associate Professor
Division of Biostatistics
University of Minnesota

Monday, October 22
Dr. Andrew Kern
Associate Professor, Department of Biology & the Institute of Ecology and Evolution
University of Oregon

Monday, October 29
Dr. Dennis Wall
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Systems Medicine), Biomedical Data Science, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

Monday, November 5
Dr. Michael Gandal
Assistant Professor in Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, November 12
No Session

Monday, November 19
Dr. Ferhat Ay
Institute Leadership Assistant Professor of Computational biology
Division of Vaccine Discovery
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Monday, November 26
Dr. Paul Boutros
Professor, Human Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, December 3
Dr. Ting Wang
Associate Professor of Genetics and Computer Science & Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis