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Welcome to the homepage for the ISCB Washington DC metropolitan area regional student group (RSG) 2017 summer workshop!

On July 12, 2017, 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: PHY 1412 (Session A) and PHY 1204 (Session B).

Times Session A Session B
08:40 - 09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:00 - 10:00
Keynote Speaker (Lucy Forrest)
Connecting the alternating access hypothesis of transmembrane transport to structural asymmetry using modeling and theory
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 Network approaches to unravel the Virus world (Jaime Iranzo Sanz, NIH) Metagenomic taxon identification: challenges and future directions (Nidhi Shah, UMD)
11:30 - 12:30 Networks inside Human Cells: Using Bioinformatics Towards Unraveling Cancer (Yasaswini Iyer, Briar Woods High School) Using Genetics to Unravel Cryptic Genetic Recombination and the Clonal Theory in Toxoplasma (Andrea Kennard, JHU)
12:30 - 2:30 Lunch with Leaders from Academia and Industry
Chemistry atrium
  • Ben Busby (NIH)
    Building robots to mine primary genomic datasets in hackathons and elsewhere!
  • Liliana D. Florea (JHU)
    A scientific career in the academia vs. high-tech/bio-tech
  • Lucy Forest (NIH)
    Building successful collaborations bridging computation and experiment
  • Eytan Rupin (UMD)
    How to lead a successful career
  • Andrey Tovchigrechko (MedImmune)
    Reproducible research in bioinformatics and computational biology
2:30 - 3:30 Applications of Multiple Instance Learning (MIL) and Hashing in Phenotype Prediction from Metagenome Sequences (Mohammad Rahman, GMU) Microbiome Analysis using Interactive Visualization (Justin Wagner, UMD)
3:30 - 4:30 Andrey Tovchigrechko
Biotech Speaker: Andrey Tovchigrechko (MedImmune)
Microbiome analysis pipeline for reproducible research: design and applications
4:30 - 5:00 Closing Remarks


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 and will take place in the Chemistry building atrium immediately next to the Physics building. Vegetarian and vegan options will be provided. If you have other special dietary needs, please contact one of the organizers and we will make sure that there is something suitable provided.


The workshop will take place in the John S. Toll Physics buildings (PHY) at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Registration will start at 8:30am in the physics building, just 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 rooms located in the same building (PHY 1412/PHY 1204). 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:


There are metered parking spaces throughout the campus. See the UMD DOTS website for more information on parking locations and rates.

Due to construction planned for the summer, the Regent Parking garage that was suggested for last year’s workshop will be unavailable.

The two recommended visitor parking lots are:

Each lot is about a 10 minute walk from the workshop venue.


If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Keith Hughitt, or any of the other DC-RSG oranizers.


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