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CMB Symposium 2007

May 14, 2007

The First Computational Molecular Biology Program Student Symposium was held on Monday, May 14 in CSE 691.

This was meant to be an informal and dynamic meeting, a chance not just to listen to talks but to discuss, debate, and troubleshoot ongoing research.


Unsolved Problems Session

For each of these half-hour sessions, a CMB faculty member will pose an unsolved question from his/her own research and the whole group will brainstorm approaches and solutions.

 9:00 Dr. Jim Thomas (Genome Sciences), "Why are zinc-finger transcription factors subject to strong positive selection?"
9:30 Dr. Hong Qian (Applied Mathematics), "From biochemical reaction networks to cellular states: a computational approach"
10:00 Dr. John Mittler (Microbiology), "Unsolved problems in HIV-1 dynamics and evolution"
10:30 Dr. Walter L. Ruzzo (Computer Science and Engineering), "Scoring RNAs"

11:00-11:20 Break

CMB Student Presentations

11:20 Shameek Biswas, "Characterizing Population Structure in Variance Components of Gene Expression Variation in Humans"
11:45 Jonathan Carlson, "HLA-mediated evolution in HIV-1: implications for T-cell-based vaccine design"

12:10-1:30 Lunch. Continue the Unsolved Problems discussions, meet and mingle with other CMB members over lunch.

1:30 Chris Saunders, "A mechanistic model of coding sequence evolution with context-dependent mutation rates"
1:55 Cindy Desmarais, "Exploring evolution and diversity in the human genome using the HKA test"

2:20-2:40 Break

2:40 James Thompson, "Inference of Spatial Constraints in Protein Structure Prediction"
3:05 Charla Lambert, "On the use of starlike genealogies in estimating ages of selective sweeps"

3:30 - 3:40 Prizes for "Best Student Presentation" and "Knottiest Student Problem"

Keynote Presentation

3:40 - 4:40 Dr. Steve Henikoff (FHCRC), "Epigenomic profiling to study histone dynamics"

4:40 - 5:00 Discussion