Schedule for 2016 Northern California Computational Biology (NCCB) Student Symposium

9:00 – 10:00 AM Check-in, Poster Set-up
10:00 – 10:10 AM Opening Remarks: Dr. Daniel Rokhsar
10:00 – 10:45 AM Faculty Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lior Pachter
Talk: My computational biology secrets
10:45 – 12:00 PM Lynn Yi, UC Berkeley
Zika infection of neural progenitor cells perturbs transcription in neurodevelopmental pathways

Christopher Hann-Soden, UC Berkeley
Climate influences substrate response in a fungal decomposer

Shivani Mahajan, UC Berkeley
Convergent evolution of Y chromosome gene content in flies

Govinda Kamath, Stanford University
HINGE: Long-Read Assembly Achieves Optimal Repeat Resolution

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch and Poster Set-up
1:00 – 2:00 PM Poster Session
2:00 – 3:30 PM Rachel Goldfeder, Stanford University
SCOTCH: A novel method to detect insertions and deletions from NGS data

Nathan Hendel, UCSF
Flagellar size control can be achieved through a simple diffusion-based length measure

Wei Liu, UC Santa Cruz
Literature-based identification of lncRNA-disease association

Guhan Venkataraman, Stanford University
De novo mutations in autism implicate the synaptic elimination network

Stephen Nayfach, UCSF
An integrated metagenomics pipeline for strain profiling reveals novel patterns of bacterial transmission and biogeography

Amit Akula, UCSF
DT-MRI Visualization of the brain’s optical networks to understand MS Pathology

3:30 – 4:00 PM Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:30 PM Amanda Mok, UC Berkeley
Genome-wide analysis of vitamin D response elements implicates vitamin D regulation of antigen presentation in multiple sclerosis risk

Jonathan King, UC Berkeley
A Novel Genetic Algorithm for Detecting FLT3 Internal Tandem Duplications in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients

4:30 – 5:15 PM Industry Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hinco Gierman
Talk: How computational biology is speeding up drug discovery and entering the clinic
5:15 – 6:00 PM Closing Remarks and Reception
6:00 PM Adjourn to Social Hour


There will be an optional social gathering at Henry’s Restaurant, 2600 Durant Ave, Berkeley, following the reception.