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Spring 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Film Screening: "The Fly Room"

Film - Series | January 14 | 5 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center


Center for Computational Biology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


The Fly Room is a sweeping, yet intimate portrait of the complicated
relationship between Calvin Bridges, father of modern genetics, and his
wide-eyed, ten-year-old daughter Betsey. The story helps bring to life one
of the most important scientific laboratories of the 20th Century, taking
place predominantly in one location: the original Fly Room laboratory
at Columbia University. The story...   More >

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Ed Green, University of California, Santa Cruz

Seminar | January 26 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Center for Computational Biology


Long-range and highly accurate de novo assembly from short-read data is one of the most pressing challenges in genomics. Recently, it has been shown that read pairs generated by proximity ligation of DNA in chromatin of living tissue can address this problem, dramatically increasing the scaffold contiguity of assemblies. Here, we describe a simpler approach (“Chicago”) based on in vitro...   More >

Friday, January 29, 2016

Investigating the Neural Basis of Complex Spatial Behaviors Under Natural and Learned Conditions in Freely Flying Bats: Nano Seminar Series

Seminar | January 29 | 2-3 p.m. | 390 Hearst Memorial Mining Building | Note change in date


Prof. Michael Yartsev, UC Berkeley, Bioengineering / Neuroscience

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute


Navigation, both learned and natural, requires knowing where you are and the ability to decide, based on available evidence, where to go from there. Here, I will describe recent work, conducted in both terrestrial and flying species, addressing the neural mechanisms underlying these core functions.

I will begin with describing recent findings on the spatial representation system in the...   More >

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Christina Leslie, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Seminar: Bioinformatics Seminars: Mathematical and Computational Biology Seminar Series: Statistics and Genomics Seminar Series | February 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Dr. Christina Leslie

Center for Computational Biology


Decoding Epigenetic and Transcriptional Programs in Cellular Differentiation

In order to differentiate into distinct lineages, multipotent cells
must undergo large-scale remodeling of chromatin and orchestrate
dramatic gene expression changes. How do multipotent cells encode the
potential for multiple cell fates, and how can we decipher the
transcriptional programs that carry out cell...   More >

Monday, February 29, 2016

Molecular Basis for Regulation of the Anaphase Promoting Complex in Mitosis

Seminar | February 29 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor David Barford, Medical Research Council, University of Dundee, UK

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: Dr. Dana Pe'er, Columbia University

Seminar: Bioinformatics Seminars: Mathematical and Computational Biology Seminar Series: Statistics and Genomics Seminar Series | March 2 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Dana Pe'er

Center for Computational Biology


Dimensionality in Biological Data: The Power of Single Cells

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Structure of the Nuclear Pore Complex

Seminar | March 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor André Hoelz, Department Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Special Seminar: De Novo Design of Catalytic Function

Seminar | March 22 | 2-3 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building


Professor Ivan V. Korendovych, Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University

Department of Chemistry


Design of a novel catalytic function in proteins and peptides, apart from its inherent practical value, is important for fundamental understanding of enzymatic activity. We will present applications of a computationally inexpensive, minimalistic approach to design of artificial enzymes. Two representative cases will be discussed.

1. Introducing single amino acid residue mutations into a...   More >

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Principles and Priorities of Population Health Science

Presentation | March 28 | 3-5 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Dean, Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University

Public Health, School of


Dr. Galea is a physician and an epidemiologist. He is Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to his appointment at Boston University, Dr Galea served as the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where he launched several new educational...   More >


All Audiences

All Audiences

Registered attendees will be seated first. RSVP by March 27 online, or or by emailing Niki Shapiro at nikishapiro@berkeley.edu.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

Challenges and opportunities of environmental metagenomics

Seminar | March 31 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall


Zhong Wang, Program Head, Genome Analysis, Joint Genome Institute

Department of Statistics


Complex microbial communities consists of thousands of species that are difficult to culture in laboratories. High throughput shotgun sequencing has recently become a powerful tool to study these communities. Studying diverse microbial communities from various environmental habitats has significantly enhanced our understanding of their roles in renewable energy, climate change and many other...   More >

Monday, April 4, 2016

Protein Structural Dynamics One Tilt at a Time

Seminar | April 4 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Yale E. Goldman, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Center for Computational Biology Seminar: What can tens of thousands of human RNA-seq samples tell us about how how much of the genome is transcribed?

Seminar: Bioinformatics Seminars: Mathematical and Computational Biology Seminar Series: Statistics and Genomics Seminar Series | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Dr. Jeff Leek

Center for Computational Biology


There has been a lot of debate over how much of the genome is functional over the last several years. This debate has generated a lot of heat, particularly in internet discussions, and mainly due to differing definitions of "functional". In this talk I will ask a simpler and more clearly defined question: "How much of the genome is transcribed and in what scenarios?" I will explain our...   More >

Monday, April 11, 2016

Cynthia Ann Chan Memorial Lecture: Prospects for Discovering RNA Relics of Nature’s Oldest Catalysts and Chemical Sensors

Seminar | April 11 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in location


Professor Ronald Breaker, Department of Molecular, Cellular & Development Biology, Yale University

Department of Chemistry


Coffee & Refreshments served on lower level Stanley Hall @3:50pm-4:10pm

Monday, April 18, 2016

Uncovering How RNA Molecules ‘Make Decisions’ On the Fly: Towards Understanding and Engineering CoTranscriptional RNA Folding

Seminar | April 18 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall


Professor Julius B. Lucks, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University

Department of Chemistry


This event is co-sponsored by the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science in recognition of the outstanding alumni scientists who contribute their research efforts to the advancement of science.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Center for Computational Biology Industry Speaker Series: Dr. Robert Gentleman, VP Computational Biology at 23andMe

Seminar: Industry Seminar Series | April 20 | 4-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Center for Computational Biology


Dr. Robert Gentleman is a statistician and bioinformatician whose work focuses on the intersection between genetics and drug research. In addition to his current position as the Vice President of Computational Biology at 23andMe, he previously worked as the Senior Director of Genentech and the head of the Computational Biology Department at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.