Bioinformatics/Human Genetics Seminar Series
Mondays 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Zoom Video Conference

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

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Fall Quarter 2021

Monday, September 27
Karen Mohlke, PhD
Professor, Genetics, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Title: “Genetic and environmental effects on chromatin accessibility at cardiometabolic trait loci”
Hosted by Paivi Pajukanta

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Monday, October 4
Abigail Bigham, PhD
Associate Professor, Anthropology, UCLA
Title: “Omic insights into Andean high-altitude adaptation”
Hosted by Jason Ernst

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, October 11
María C. Ávila Arcos, PhD
Assistant Professor, International Laboratory for Human Genome Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Title: “The genetic legacy of the trans-atlantic slave trade into New Spain”
Hosted by Kirk Lohmueller

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, October 18
Doug Speed, PhD
Professor, Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, Aarhus University, Aarhus University
Title: “New methods for analysing genome-wide association study data, including improved tools for computing polygenic risk scores”
Hosted by Maria Izabel Cavassim

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Please do so HERE

Monday, October 25
Fabian Theis, PhD
Head of the Institute of Computational Biology at Helmholtz Munich, Professor, Technical University of Munich
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by Jessica Li

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Please do so HERE

Monday, November 1
Anya Prince, JD
Associate Professor of Law Member, Genetics Cluster, University of Iowa College of Law
Title: “Regulating Insurer Use of Genetic Information”
Hosted by Christina Palmer                                       

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Please do so HERE

Monday, November 8
Eimear Kenny, PhD
Founding Director of the Institute for Genomic Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Title: “Population genetics in an era of genomic health”
Hosted by Christa Caggiano

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, November 15
Erick Matsen, PhD
Professor, Public Health Sciences Division, Associate Program Head of Herbold Computational Biology Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Title: “Towards Bayesian phylogenetics via systematic search and gradient ascent”
Hosted by Sriram Sankararaman

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, November 22
Katie Peichel, PhD
Head of the Division Evolutionary Ecology, University of Bern
Title: “The role of chromosome evolution in adaptation and speciation in stickleback fish”
Hosted by Kirk Lohmueller

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Please do so HERE

Monday, November 29
Stephen Piccolo, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology, Member of Simmons Center for Cancer Research, Brigham Young University
Title: “Using somatic-mutation signatures to identify BRCA-like genes
Hosted by Sarah Spendlove

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Previous Bioinformatics Seminars

Spring Quarter 2021

Monday, March 29
Vivian Li, PhD
Assistant Professor-Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Rutgers University
Title: “Model-based analysis of alternative polyadenylation using 3′ end reads
Hosted by Jessica Li

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, April 5
Nanibaa’ Garrison, PhD
Associate Professor, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Title: “Building Pathways for Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Genomic Research Policies”
Hosted by Paivi Pajukanta

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, April 12
Martin Kampmann, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF
Title: “CRISPR-based functional genomics for brain diseases”
Hosted by Dan Geschwind

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, April 19
Smita Krishnaswamy, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics and of Computer Science, Yale School of Medicine
Title: “Geometric and Topological Representations for Biomedical Data Analysis”
Hosted by Jason Ernst

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, April 26
Jennifer E. Phillips-Cremins, PhD
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Genome folding, unfolding, and refolding in the mammalian brain
Hosted by Hilarly Coller

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, May 3
Aaron Panofsky, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Personnel, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Title: “Citizen Scientific Racism: White Nationalist Appropriations of Genetic Research”
Hosted by Christina Palmer

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, May 10
Alexandra Stern, PhD
Associate Dean for the Humanities, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Title: “TBD: History of genetic counseling
Hosted by Christina Palmer

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, May 17
Viktor Adalsteinsson, PhD
Associate director, Gerstner Center for Cancer Diagnostics, Broad Institute
Title: “Ultrasensitive detection of minimal residual disease
Hosted by Jasmine Zhou

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, May 24
Raluca Gordân, PhD
Associate Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, Duke University
Title: “Transcription factor binding to DNA mismatches – a potential driver of increased mutagenesis at regulatory sites”
Hosted by Jason Ernst

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Winter Quarter 2021

Monday, January 4
Heng Li, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical informatics, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
Title: “The assembly of human pangenomes”
Hosted by Jessica Li

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, January 11
Søren Brunak, PhD
Research Director, Professor, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen
Title: “TBD”
Hosted by David Eisenberg

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday)
No Seminar

Monday, January 25
Aaron Panofsky, PhD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Personnel, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Title: “Citizen Scientific Racism: White Nationalist Appropriations of Genetic Research”
Hosted by Christina Palmer

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, February 1
Ali Mortazavi, PhD
Professor, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, UC Irvine
Title: “TBD: long-read RNA-seq”
Hosted by TBD

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, February 8
Sarah Tishkoff, PhD
Professor and Director, Penn Center for Global Genomics and Health Equity, University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Genomic Evolution and Adaptation in Africa: Implications for Health and Disease”
Hosted by Nandita Garud

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, February 15 (President’s Day Holiday)
No Seminar

Monday, February 22
Mingyao Li, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania
Title: “Translation of single-cell genomics into human health: methods and applications”
Hosted by Michael Gandal

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, March 1
Magnus Nordborg, PhD
Scientific Director, Gregor Mendel Institute, Vienna, Austria
Title: “The Genetics of Epigenetics in Arabidopsis”
Hosted by Kirk Lohmueller

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Monday, March 8
Augustine Kong, PhD
Professor, Statistical Genetics, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Title: “Genome-scan without Phenotypes”
Hosted by Michael Gandal

Please note: If the seminar series does not provide a zoom link, then you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE.

Fall Quarter 2020

Monday, October 5
Keolu Fox, PhD
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UCSD
Title: “Rewriting Human History and Empowering Indigenous Communities with Genome Editing Tools”
Hosted by Paivi Pajukanta

To join Zoom, please click HERE

Monday, October 12
Daniel Tward, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology and Computational Medicine, UCLA
Title: “Quantifying neurodegeneration patterns in early Alzheimer’s disease with neuroimage informatics”

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, October 19
Yi Yin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Human Genetics, UCLA
Title: “High-throughput single-cell sequencing for studying homologous recombination partner choice”

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, October 26
Loes Olde Loohuis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Genetics, UCLA
Title: “Characterizing psychiatric disease trajectories using genetic and phenotypic signatures”

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, November 2
Harold Pimentel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Computational Medicine and Human Genetics, UCLA
Title: “Model driven design and analysis of quantitative phenotype screens”

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Please do so HERE

Monday, November 9
Daniel Benjamin, PhD
Professor, Human Genetics and Anderson School of Management, UCLA
Title: “Polygenic prediction within and between families from a 3-million-person GWAS of educational attainment”

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
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Monday, November 16
Gillian Belbin, PhD
Director-Population Genetics, Institute for Genomic Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Title: “Leveraging Fine-scale Population Structure in Health Systems for Biomedical Discovery”
Hosted by Christa Caggiano

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, November 23
Mark Robinson, PhD
Associate Professor, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Zurich
Title: “Flexible differential analyses of single cell RNA-seq data”
Hosted by Jessica Li

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, November 30
Kin Fai Au, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics, Ohio State University
Title: “Long-read sequencing and its applications on transcriptomics and epigenetics”
Hosted by Jessica Li

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

Monday, December 7
Adam Phillippy, PhD
Senior Investigator, Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute
Title: “Finally finishing the human genome
Hosted by Hilary Coller

Please note: If seminar series does not provide zoom link, you must register only once to attend all seminar series.
Please do so HERE

 

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.

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