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VanBUG Seminar: Understanding the human genome through unsupervised machine learning

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Trainees are invited to meet with the VanBUG speaker for open discussion of both science and career paths. This takes place 4:30-5:30pm in either the Boardroom or Lunchroom on the ground floor of the BCCRC. Also, each seminar is followed by complementary pizza, refreshments, and great networking. 

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Despite having sequenced the human genome over fifteen years ago, much is still unknown about how it functions. With the advent of high-throughput genomics technologies, it is now possible to measure properties of the genome across the entire genome in a single experiment, such as measuring where a given protein binds to the DNA or what genes are expressed. However, the complexity and massive scale of these data sets–billions of base pairs with thousands of measurements each–pose challenges to their analysis. To read the full abstract for this session, visit the event page.

Maxwell Libbrecht is an Assistant Professor in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received his PhD in 2016 from the Computer Science and Engineering department at University of Washington, advised by Bill Noble and Jeff Bilmes. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he did research with Serafim Batzoglou. His research focuses on developing machine learning methods applied to high-throughput genomics data sets. He was the first author of a paper named one of ISCB’s Top 10 Regulatory and Systems Genomics papers of 2015.

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About VanBUG: 

VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the BC Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics. VanBUG meets on the second Thursday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments.