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VanBUG Seminar SEPT 21: Understanding the human genome through unsupervised machine learning

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The VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) Seminar Series returns this fall with its first session hosting guest speaker Max Libbrecht, an Assistant Professor with the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University.

Thursday, Sept 21, 2017
6:00 pm PDT  /  7:00 pm MDT  /  7:00 pm CST  /  8:00 pm CDT

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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.

Libbrecht's research focuses on the development of new machine learning methods to solve computational problems in genomics, and applying these solutions to derive new insights into genome biology.

This session is being delivered live at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre (675 West 10th Avenue) and is also being webcasted to allow for remote viewing. The delivery of the webcast is made possible by WestGrid and Compute Canada with support from PHSA Telehelath

More information on VanBUG and its speaker series can be found on the VanBUG website.