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CBI Transitions to the Milken Institute School of Public Health
The Computational Biology Institute is highlighted in the Milken Institute School of Public Health's "2016 Progress Report" as we make the exciting transition into the organization. Check us out on page 17!
About the CBI
The conference will take place on July 27th to 30th in Moscow, Russia. The conference will feature about 40 talks, 100 posters, as well as demonstrations and roundtables. Click above for more information!
2017 ORNL Research Opportunities and Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program
The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. Applications are due March 31st. For more information, click on the link above!
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a leader in promoting global health. As part of that mission, we are seeking a bioinformatics scientist to contribute to genotyping by sequencing (GBS) projects related to trait selection for plant and animal breeders. Click on the link above to apply.
The event will be taking place on March 29th-31st in Herndon, VA. To learn more, click the link above!
Join researchers and leaders from academia, hospitals, government and industry for two days at Stanford Medicine to spark collaborations, address challenges, and identify actionable steps for using large-scale data analysis and technology to improve human health. See the event webpage above!
UW will be offering summer institutes in Statistics Genetics, Statistics for Big Data, Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases, and Statistics for Clinical Research. Check out the link above for more information!
Rare diseases affect an estimated 25 million Americans. On Feb. 27, 2017, NIH will host an event designed to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect and current research collaborations. Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium in Building 10 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The event will feature presentations, posters, exhibits, an art show and tours of the NIH Clinical Center. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes®, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans. Be sure to follow the event on social media using #RDDNIH.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to provide opportunities to enrich the training of graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences through the provision of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. This program will provide an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at federal national laboratories, industry and other approved facilities. Participation in an internship will provide first-hand experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting. The internships are aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to "real world" problems, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue an academic or nonacademic career. Click above for more information!
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program has announced a series of online lectures. Click the link above for more details.
Reconstruction of Ancestral Genomes in Presence of Gene Gain and Loss
Burrowing Crayfish Species Mapped
Genetic Analysis Suggests Dwarf Crayfish Share Ancestor
Since most dramatic genomic changes are caused by genome rearrangements as well as gene duplications and gain/loss events, it becomes crucial to understand their mechanisms and reconstruct ancestral genomes of the given genomes.
In this study, researchers mapped the habitat and evolutionary lineage of burrowing crayfish by analyzing five genes in 19 species of Fallicambarus. The genus Fallicambarus consists entirely of primary burrowers-- crayfish that inhabit burrows for all of their lives. The burrows can have a negative impact when their habitat overlaps with human land-based activities such as farming. Because Fallicambarus is distinct from stream-based crayfish species, habitat shift may impact migration, speciation and conservation.
Though similar in appearance, researchers were unsure if Dwarf crayfish found in distinct locations along the Gulf Coast of United States and into Central México were members of a the same taxonomic genus. Analysis of samples collected at 59 locations support the hypothesis that the Gulf and Mexican Groups shared a common ancestor roughly 40 million years ago. It is likely that the Cambarellus genus became separate groups following changes in geographical barriers and climate, possibly related to the Eocene-Oligocene boundary.
Director of the Computational Biology Institute Keith Crandall was recently published an article in Stat titled "Creating family trees for disease-causing microbes could help control outbreaks".
Jimmy Bernot, a PhD student in the Computational Biology Institute, has published an article on a new species of Pseudopandarus Kirtisinghe.
Dr Marcos Perez-Losada, faculty member at the Computational Biology Institute at The George Washington University, has been awarded a grant from the Margaret Q Landenberger Research Foundation.
Dr Perez-Losada and Dr Keith Crandall, in cooperation with researchers from Children's National Medical Center and Universidada do Porto, have published an article in PLOS One.