Spring 2018 Workshop

Is Computational Genomics the Key to Future Breakthroughs in Cancer Research?

Friday, March 2, 2018  |     Noon – 5:00p.m.

Institute for Genomic Biology (Room 612)


Workshop Description

Computational science is at the forefront of new research.  This interdisciplinary and collaborative field uses advanced computing abilities including software, algorithms, networks and storage devices to tackle challenges in engineering, biological and social sciences.  In particular, cancer research is becoming more and more dependent on computational sciences to create problem solving methodologies and tools.

Join us as we explore this rapidly expanding field.  This half-day seminar will showcase successful applications of computational tools in current cancer and will help investigators identify computational resources to assist their own field of study.  Lunch will be provided for all workshop attendees.

Register at go.illinois.edu/CompGenCancerWorkshop by March 1, 2018.

12:00 – 12:15pm              Welcome remarks & Introduction      Ravishankar (Ravi) Iyer

12:15 – 1:00 pm                Keynote Address –   Cancer: Progress, Perspectives, and Addressing Challenges through Bioinformatics. Benita Katzenellenbogen

 1:00 – 1:30pm                   Integration and dissection of molecular networks for functional analysis and disease modeling. Jian Peng

1:30  – 2:00pm                  Systems Biology of Nuclear Receptor Mediated Processes in Breast Cancer and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.  Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

2:00  – 2:15pm                 Break

2:15  – 2:45pm                  The Cancer Center and New Opportunities for Cancer Research at Illinois. Rohit Bhargava, Rex Gaskins

2:45-3:15pm                       The NCSA-Mayo Partnership in Computation and Medicine.   Matthew Hudson

3:15 – 4:15pm                     Computational Resources Panel

  • Patricia Jones (Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology)
  • Dan Davidson (Institute for Genomic Biology)
  • Randy Butler (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)
  • Mark Hart (College of Engineering)
  • Steven Lumetta (Electrical and Computer Engineering/Coordinated Science Lab)

4:15 – 4:20pm                     Poster Blitz (1 minute intros from poster presenters)

4:20 – End                           Poster Session and Reception

  • Genomic variant detection in large cohorts to identify Alzheimer’s disease rare alleles – Daniel Wickland (CompGen Fellow)
  • Machine Learning in Drug Discovery – Nathan Russell (CompGen Fellow)
  • Epigenetic Marker classification using solid state nanopores – Aditya Sarathy (CompGen Fellow)
  • Exploring Distal Enhancers Through Histone SNPs – Christopher Seward (CompGen Fellow)
  • Cognitive enhancement using data-driven methods – Saboo Krishnakant (CompGen Fellow)


This CompGen workshop is co-sponsored by the Cancer Center in partnership with the Coordinated Science Laboratory and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.


Contact: Mikel Hernaez, Director of Computational Genomics, mhernaez@illinois.edu