Presentations available online
While we are still working to get materials for some of the talks online, videos and code are now available for two of the presentations:

  1. Co-expression network analysis using RNA-Seq data(Keith Hughitt)
  2. Bacterial genome assembly & Annotation(Jonathan Goodson)

Additional presentations will be added to workshop GitHub repo and Youtube playlist as they become available.

Welcome to the homepage for the ISCB Washington DC metropolitan area regional student group (RSG) 2016 summer workshop!

On June 15, 2016, we will be hosting a free one-day workshop series with hands-on / open-laptop tutorials focused on various topics in bioinformatics, computational biology and genomics. The workshop is student-driven, with primarily graduate students and post-docs leading the various discussions, but is open to anyone interested: students, post-docs, faculty, staff scientists, etc.


Workshop talks have been divided into three sessions throughout the day: Morning I, Morning II, and Afternoon I. During each session, participants can choose from one of two talks to attend.

The workshops will take place in one of two locations: BRB 1103 (Session A) and PHY 1412 (Session B). Coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the BRB atrium outside of BRB 1103.

Time Session A Session B
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome and introductions (Najib El-Sayed)
Morning I
09:30 - 11:00
Introduction to web application development for computational biology (Hiren Karathia) Genome-scale metabolic modeling (Joo Sang Lee)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
Morning II
11:30 - 01:00
Bacterial genome assembly & annotation (Jonathan Goodson) Analyzing sequence motifs through maximum entropy modeling (Patrick O'neill)
01:00 - 02:00 Lunch
Afternoon I
02:00 - 03:30
Interactive Genomic Data Analysis and Visualization using Epiviz - Methylation Data (Jayaram Kancheria) Co-expression network analysis using RNA-Seq data (Keith Hughitt)
03:30 - 04:30 Short talks
04:30 - 05:00 Closing Remarks

There will also be a social event planned for after the meeting on or nearby campus - details will be shared at the meeting.


Registration is FREE, but it is required in order for us to determine how many people to accommodate for lunch. If you are not able to register by the date above, you are still welcome to come to the workshop and we will do our best to accommodate all attendees, but we cannot guarantee meals for all who do not register.


Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. At least one of the options will be vegetarian. If you have other special dietary needs, please contact one of the organizers and we will make sure that there is something suitable provided.

Location / Getting there

The workshop will take place in the Biosciences Research Building (BRB) and John S. Toll Physics buildings (PHY) at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Registration will start at 8:30am in the physics building, outside of PHY 1412. Introduction, short research talks, and closing remarks will all take place in this location. The workshop sessions will take place in one of two locations located within several minutes walking distance (BRB 1103/PHY 1412). See the schedule section for details.

PHY 1412
John S. Toll Physics Bldg, College Park, MD 20740

Volunteer organizers will be on-hand to help direct you to each of the relevant meeting locations.


There is a free shuttle bus service that runs between the College Park metro stop on the green line and the University of Maryland campus:

  • Exit from the metro station, and follow the tunnel which leads under the train tracks in the rear.
  • Take the stairs up and look for signs for the 104 Shuttle immediately to your right.
  • Take the bus to the Regents Parking Garage stop (the terminal stop for the bus line).
  • The Physics building is located across the street, just to the right of (and connected with) the Chemistry building.


There are metered parking spaces throughout the campus. There nearest location is the Regents Parking Garage, which is located adjacent to the Physics building, and is a 2-3 minute walk from the Biosciences Research Building. See the UMD DOTS website for more information on parking locations and rates.


If you have any questions about the meeting, you can contact one of the meeting organizers: Keith Hughitt or Thomas Peterson.


Single-page PDF meeting advertisement.


This meeting would not have been possible without the generous support of many different individuals and organizations. We would like to thank:

  • The Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) for supporting this meeting in all capacities, including providing meals and coffee.
  • The UMD Biology Department (and in particular Gwen Warman) for providing us with a venue for the meeting and helping with various meeting logistics.
  • The speakers for the workshop, without whom the meeting would be much shorter and much less interesting!
  • The workshop volunteer organizers (Trey Belew, Mathew Conte, Shrutii Sarda, Mafuza Sharmin, Steven Smith, and Cordelia Weiss) who have all graciously offered their time and services to ensure that the meeting runs smoothly and is enjoyable for all attendees.
  • The ISCB for their role in creating and supporting all of the various regional students groups.