Virginia Bioinformatics Institute’s annual Research Symposium this year will feature an array of exciting, cutting-edge research topics related to information biology. Scientists from all program areas will discuss their most recent projects in this all-day event.
Research groups will give presentations about the dynamic projects currently underway at the institute, including advances in network dynamics, medical informatics, immunoinformatics, and high-performance computing, among many others. A talk on the institute’s new biocomplexity group, led by Christian Reidys, will introduce the keynote given by Michael Waterman, Professor of Biological Sciences, Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Southern California and a recent Dan David Prize winner.
In the late 80s, Waterman pioneered several mathematical techniques that led to the founding of bioinformatics and have spawned the next evolution of bioinformatics—mathematical biocomplexity. He developed the Smith-Waterman algorithm for sequence comparison, which revolutionized the way we look at genomic sequences. A Guggenheim Fellow and one of the few Westerners to receive the Friendship Prize from the People’s Republic of China, he is also the founding editor of Computational Biology and the author of Introduction to Computational Biology: Maps, Sequences, and Genomes.
A reception and poster presentation will finish off the day.