ACM AI x UCLA Computational Medicine

On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, UCLA's ACM AI chapter and the Department of Computational Medicine collaborated to host an AI in Medicine research panel. Professors Eleazar Eskin, Harold Pimentel, Loes Olde Loohuis, and Sriram Sankararaman spoke about their research and what AI in Medicine looks like at UCLA. Check out our recording of the event to learn more! If you are interested in attending future events or hearing about research opportunities, email Samantha Andrews ( to join the mailing list for the biweekly Computational Methods Research Newsletter.

Research Panel Agenda

  • 5:00 - 5:05 PM: Introduction
  • 5:05 - 5:25 PM: Speakers Discuss Their Research
  • 5:25 - 5:30 PM: How To Get Involved
  • 5:30 - 5:50 PM: Audience Questions
  • 5:50 - 6:00 PM: Breakout Rooms

Speakers’ Information

Professor Elezar Eskin


Research Areas: Intersection of Bioinformatics, Computer Science and Statistics. Researching the genetic basis of human disease.

Description: Professor of Computer Sciences and Human Genetics 

Fun Fact: Elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology


Professor Harold Pimentel


Research Areas: Using Computer Science and Statistics to understand gene regulation.

Description: Assistant Professor in Computational Medicine and Human Genetics

Interests: High Dimensional Machine Learning, Functional genomics, Gene Regulation, cooking, food and coffee


Professor Loes Olde Loohuis


Research areas: Psychiatric Genetics, Neurobehavioral Genetics

Description: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Fun Fact: mom of three; lover of forests, mountains, rain, running; recovering logician


Professor Sriram Sankararaman

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Profile - 

Research areas: Machine Learning and Genomics

Description: Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Human Genetics, and Computational Medicine interested in the intersection of computer science, statistics, and biomedicine



Resources & How To Get Involved!

  • Take undergraduate bioinformatics courses!
    • CM121: Introduction to Bioinformatics
    • CM122: Algorithms in Bioinformatics
    • CM124: Machine Learning Applications in Genetics
  • Apply to the UCLA Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Program!
  • Attend our Bioinformatics Minor information session!
  • Drop in for one of our group advising sessions!
    • Come with any questions regarding courses, research opportunities, graduate school, and/or career paths!
    • Professors Eleazar Eskin, Sriram Sankararaman, Jason Ernst, Harold Pimentel, and Daniel Tward are all involved.
    • Currently taking place every other Thursday at 12:00 PM pacific time.
    • Email Samantha Andrews ( for further details!
  • Sign up for the UCLA Computational Medicine mailing lists!
  • Apply to join the UCLA Computational Medicine Technology Core! (UCLA AA/EOE)
    • Artificial intelligence and genomics technologies have the potential to transform patient care. Many projects in this area require substantial coding and software engineering.
    • Are you a UCLA undergraduate student who wants to use your coding and software engineering skills to support these efforts? Do you want to develop projects that can ultimately be used in your portfolio for when you apply for jobs? The UCLA Department of Computational Medicine is hiring! Find out more at the AI in Medicine Research Panel.

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