Friday, April 7, 2017

Conference Award Winners:

Lightning Talk: Zachary Foster,  “Metacoder: An R package for visualization and manipulation of community taxonomic diversity data”
Poster: Khiem Lam,  “Exploring the Microbiome of Cervical Cancer through Transkingdom Networks”


8:00Registration & refreshments (Poster & lightning talk slides setup) 
9:00Brett Tyler, Director, CGRB
  Opening Remarks
9:10Ian Muñoz, Assistant Computational Scientist, CGRB
Using Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Batch Processing
9:25Lightning talksModerator: Stephen Ramsey, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences and School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
10:35Break (Poster setup)
11:00Brent Kronmiller, Bioinformatics Analyst, CGRB
Draft Genome of the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis)
11:25Reidun Twarock, Departments of Mathematics and Biology University of York, England
Solving a Viral Enigma: Discovery of a hidden code in RNA viral genomes provides a new perspective on viral evolution and anti-viral therapy
12:15Lunch and Poster Session (Posters & Lightning Talk slides judged) 
Poster & lightning talk ballot envelopes will be picked up for counting right after lunch
  Moderator: Duo Jiang, Assistant Professor, Statistics
1:20Katherine McLaughlin, Assistant Professor, Statistics 
Accessing Hidden Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS Using Respondent-Driven Sampling
1:45Afua Nyarko, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Biophysics
Molecular basis for regulation of the Yorkie transcription co-activator
2:10Sharmodeep Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor, Statistics
Union-of-Intersection (UoI) methods for Data-driven Discovery and Prediction
3:00Molly Megraw, Assistant Professor, Botany & Plant Pathology 
Using Machine Learning Models to Determine the Principles Behind Tissue-Specific Gene Expression
3:25Benjamin Dalziel, Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology and Mathematics
Cities as natural experiments in bacterial metacommunity dynamics
3:50Awards Ceremony, Brett Tyler
4:00Reinhard Laubenbacher, Center for Quantitative Medicine, UConn Health
Iron metabolism and its role in breast cancer
4:50David Hendrix, Biochemistry & Biophysics and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Closing remarks