Systems Biology Seminars

All talks are held on Thursdays in LSEB 103

24 Cummington Mall at 12:45 PM – Pizza at 12:15



Spring 2017


Jie Liang, Ph.D.
Molecular and Systems Computational Bioengineering
Lab -MoSCoBL Bioengineering Department
University of Illinois at Chicago

Talk Title: High-throughput measurements of genetic information, epigenetic
BU Hosts: Simon Kasif, and Sandor Vajda


2/9 – No Seminar


*2/17 – FRIDAY at 2:00 pm

Eric Winfree, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science,
Computation and Neural Systems, and

Talk Title: Enzyme-free nucleic acid dynamical systems
BU Host: Doug Densmore



Marcus Roper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Mathematics Department

Talk Title: The physical and genetic dynamism of fungal cells
BU Host: Kirill Korolev


3/2 – Open Date


3/9 – No Seminar Spring Break



Orly Alter, Ph.D.
USTAR Associate Professor
Bioengineering and Human Genetics at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute University of Utah

Talk Title:Cancer Diagnostics and Prognostics from Comparative Spectral Decompositions of Patient-Matched Genomic Profiles
BU Host: Simon Kasif, and Eric Kolaczyk



Markus Basan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Systems Biology Program

Talk Title: Tradeoffs between fast growth and adaptability shape microbial phenotypes
BU Host: Kirill Korolev


*3/27 Monday at 3:30 pm
Joint Systems Biology BU Microbiome Initiative Seminar

Mattia Zampieri, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Zurich

Talk Title: The metabolic landscape of antibiotic modes of action and resistance mechanisms
BU Host: Daniel Segrè



Vernita Gordon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Center for Nonlinear Dynamics
Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
UT Austin

Talk Title: Bacterial Mechanobiology: a new field with implications for new directions in medicine
BU Host: Kirill Korolev



Peter Kharchenko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School

Talk Title: Contrasting transcriptional and genetic heterogeneity within tumors
BU Host: Simon Kasif


*4/7 Friday at 12:00 pm
Joint Systems Biology BU Microbiome Initiative Seminar

Adam Arkin, Ph.D.

Senior Faculty Scientist, Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute
Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor, UC Berkeley Department of Bioengineering

Talk Title: Characterization, Modeling and Manipulation of Microbial Community Phenotypes
BU Host: Daniel Segrè



Yana Bromberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Rutgers University

Talk Title: Tell me what you do and I’ll tell you who you are: functional basis of microorganism and microbiome annotation
BU Host: Simon Kasif



Gary Borisy, Ph.D.
Senior Research Investigator, Department of Microbiology
The Forsyth Institute

Talk Title: Mapping Microbiomes at the Micron Scale
BU Host: Kirill Korolev



Rachel Kolodny, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science
University of Haifa, Israel

Talk Title: Studying reuse patterns in the protein universe
BU Host: Simon Kasif



Gyan Bhanot, Ph.D.
Professor Molecular Biology & Physics
Rutgers University

Talk Title: Predicting Response to Immune Checkpoint Therapy
BU Host: Charles DeLisi


*5/5 – FRIDAY at 11:00 am

Allen Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan

Talk Title: Mechanobiology of Membrane: from Mechanosensitive Channels to Artificial Cells
BU Host: Wilson Wong



Fall 2016


Josh Campbell, Ph.D.
BU Bioinformatics Alumnus
Assistant Professor
Division of Computational Biomedicine, Department of Medicine
Boston University

Talk Title:
Characterization of mutational signatures and single-cell heterogeneity in smoking-related lung disease

BU Host: Tom Tullius



David Miguez, Ph.D.
Head of Biophysics and Systems Biology Lab
University Autonoma de Madrid

Talk Title: Prediction of the mode and rate of division in a population of stem cells using a branching process
BU Host: Kirill Korolev




Xin Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Acting Head,
Department of Bioinformatics,
College of Life Science
Zhejiang University, China

Talk Title: From omics profiles to phenotypic control
BU Host: Honghuang Lin



Nikolai Slavov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Northeastern University

Talk Title:
Trade-offs and principles in the coordination of metabolism and protein synthesis with cell growth and differentiation
BU Host: Pankaj Mehta



Timothy Elston, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology
University of North Carolina

Talk Title: Mathematical models for cell polarization and gradient sensing
BU Host: Tom Kepler



Christina Leslie, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Computational Biology Program
Sloan Kettering Institute

Talk Title: Decoding epigenetic programs in cellular differentiation
BU Host: Tom Tullius



Raghuveer Parthasarathy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physics
University of Oregon

Talk Title: Glimpses of Gut Microbes in their Physical World
BU Host: Pankaj Mehta



Ibrahim I. Cissé, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics

Talk Tilte: RNA Polymerase II cluster dynamics predict mRNA output in living cells
BU Host: Pankaj Mehta



Ido Golding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine

Talk Title: Deciphering the Stochastic Kinetics of Gene Regulation
BU Host: Pankaj Mehta



Nikta Fakhri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Physics Department

Talk Title: Active Matters: probing forces, fluctuations and self-organization in biological systems
BU Host: Pankaj Mehta



Brian Hammer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Biology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Talk Title: Love in the Time of Cholera:
Cooperation and conflict in Vibrio cholerae communities
BU Host: Kirill Korolev


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