CGSI March 3rd Online Event

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

We will be hosting another virtual CGSI event next week! It will take place on Wednesday, March 3rd from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM pacific. Please save the date. We would like everyone to attend! During the event, we will hear talks from Professors Sohini Ramachandran and Siavash Mirarab. You won't want to miss it!

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Sohini Ramachandran joined the faculty of Brown University in July 2010, and was promoted to Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Associate Professor of Computer Science in July 2017. In July 2017, Sohini was also named Director of Brown University's Center for Computational Molecular Biology, after serving as Interim Director from January 2017. Prior to beginning her faculty appointment at Brown University, Sohini spent 3 years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and postdoctoral fellow in Professor John Wakeley’s group at the Harvard University Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She completed her PhD in 2007 with Professor Marcus Feldman at Stanford University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Siavash Mirarab is an Associate Professor in the ECE Department at the University of California, San Diego, and is also affiliated with the CSE department and the Center for Microbiome Innovation. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Computer Science department at UT-Austin and was advised by Prof. Tandy Warnow. His Ph.D. research was supported by an NSERC PGS award and Howard Hughes Medical Institute international student fellowship, and his dissertation won the honorable mention for the 2015 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. He has been a recipient of the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowship in Computational & Evolutionary Molecular Biology and the NSF CAREER award. He has contributed to many international projects and is part of the Vertebrate Genome Project Council. His interest is in computational biology. His lab develops methods that target large-scale analyses in various areas, including phylogenomics, large-scale multiple sequence alignment, HIV transmission network reconstruction, and metagenomic analyses using phylogenetic approaches.

Tentative schedule:

10:00 AM -- Opening Remarks, Prof. Eleazar Eskin

10:05 AM -- "Leveraging linkage disequilibrium to gain insights into human complex trait architecture", Prof. Sohini Ramachandran

10:20 AM -- Q&A, Prof. Sohini Ramachandran

10:25 AM -- "Phylogenetic placement: from traditional methods to deep learning", Prof. Siavash Mirarab

10:40 AM -- Q&A, Prof. Siavash Mirarab

10:45 AM -- Discussion and Closing Remarks, Prof. Eleazar Eskin

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