RECOMB Bioinformatics Education Conference

By Alex Matthews

San Diego, April 27, 2009   -- The first RECOMB Satellite Conference on Bioinformatics Education, organized in March by the Calit2-based Center for Algorithmic and Systems Biology (CASB) at UC San Diego, is now history. RECOMB-BE showcased best practices and participants discussed existing challenges in bioinformatics education, with an emphasis on undergraduate education. The conference also promoted collaborations among educators in order to develop a stable curriculum that truly reflects state-of-the-art bioinformatics.

Now, the RECOMB-BE presentations are available for on-demand viewing below. [Windows Media Player and broadband connection required; click for information on the latest version, and on players for Mac and Linux users]. To watch each video, click on the image or highlighted video link.  

Ron Shamir
Opening Remarks
Ron Shamir, Sackler Professor of Bioinformatics
The Blavatnik School of Computer Science, Tel Aviv University
Length: 2:48 [video]
Pavel Pevzner
The Challenges in Bioinformatics Education: preview of the topics that will be discussed during the conference
Pavel Pevzner, Director, CASB, UC San Diego
Length: 11:01 [video]
Trey Ideker
Facebook for Proteins: Mapping Protein Networks in the Cell
Trey Ideker, Associate Professor of Bioengineering,
UC San Diego
Length: 32:23 [video]
Richard Karp
Haplotypes, Genotypes and Phenotypes
Richard Karp, University Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley
Length: 39:40 [video]
Steffen Heber
The Bioinformatics in Motion Project
Steffen Heber, Assistant Professor, Computer Science,
North Carolina State University
Length: 19:07 [video]
Discussion Panel 1
Discussion Panel I
Ron Shamir (moderator), Sridhar Hannenhalli, Dick Karp, Manolis Kellis, Mikhail Gelfand, Trey Ideker, Pavel Pevzner
Length: 38:31 [video]
Manolis Kellis
Understanding Genomes from Their Evolutionary Signatures
Manolis Kellis, Associate Professor of Computer Science, MIT
Length: 33:09 [video]
Sridhar Hannenhalli
Survival of the Fittest: Detecting Adaptive Evolution
Sridhar Hannenhalli, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Center of Bioinformatics
Length: 30:52 [video]
Gil Bejerano
"All Your Base Are Belong to Us": Thoughts on  Genome Conservation
Gill Bejerano, Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
Length: 36:24 [video]
Terry Gassterland
Alternative Splicing: Variant Splice Forms in Proteins that Control Transcription
Terry Gaasterland, Scripps Genome Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Length: 25:38 [video]
Michael Eisen
Nine Years of Computational Biology @ Berkeley
Michael Eisen, Ph.D. Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Length: 40:08 [video]
Discussion Panel 2
Discussion Panel II
Trey Ideker (Moderator), Gill Bejerano, David Sankoff, Michel Eisen, Terry Gaasterland, Natasha Przulj, Amos Tanay
Length: 47:23 [video]
Marton Vingron
Sorting Gene Expression Matrices or, Linear Algebra Can Be Good for Something!
Marton Vingron, Director, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, and Freie Universitaet Berlin
Length: 32:54 [video]
Serafim Batzoglou
How Soon Will Everyone Be Sequenced?
Serafim Batzoglou, Associate Professor, Stanford
Length: 26:50 [video]
Vineet Bafna
Association Mapping for Mendelian and Complex Disorders
Vineet Bafna, Associate Professor, Computer Science, UC San Diego
Length: 33:53 [video]
Alexy Kondrashov
Detecting Selection from Sequence Data
Alexey Kondrashov, Professor, University of Michigan
Length: 49:32 [video]
Russell Schwartz
Tailoring Undergraduate Computational Biology Training to Diverse Student Needs: The Carnegie Mellon Experience
Russell Schwartz,  School of Computer Science and Lane Center for Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon
Length: 12:28 [video]
Discussion Panel III
Pavel Pevzner (moderator), Martin Vingron, Serafim Batzoglou, Vineet Bafna, Alexey Kondrashov, Chris Lee, Lior Pachter
Length: 56:17 [video]
Lior Pachter
What Is Epigenomics? A Mathematical Perspective on Teaching Bioinformatics? 
Lior Pachter, Departments of Mathematics, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Computer Science, UC Berkeley
Length: 28:23 [video]
David Sankoff
Whole Genome Doubling and its Consequences for Genome Organization
David Sankoff, University of Ottawa
Length: 28:35 [video]
Shuba Gopal Do You Speak Genome? Deciphering the Language(s) of Genomes
Shuba Gopal, Rochester Institute of Technology
Length: 15:31 [video]
Discussion Panel 4 Discussion Panel IV
Serafim Batzoglou and Terry Gaasterland (moderators), Shuba Gopal, Dick Karp, Natasha Przulj, Ron Shamir, Mikhail Gelfand
Length: 37:15 [video]
Chris Lee How Can We Fight the Scourge of AIDS Drug Resistance?
Christopher Lee, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA
Length: 27:37 [video]
Mikhail Gelfand From Computer to the Web Lab and Back: Comparative Genomics in the Discovery of a Family of Bacterial Transporters with a New Mode of Action
Mikhail Gelfand, Moscow State University
Length: 27:38 [video]
Natasa Prjulj From Network Topology to Biological Function and Disease
Nataša Pržulj, Department of Computer Science, UC Irvine
Length: 39:31 [video]
Amos Tanay Demystifying Genome Evolution (or: Superman vs. Kimura)
Amos Tanay, Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science
Length: 29:24 [video]
Closing Discussion Closing Discussion
Pavel Pevzner and Ron Shamir
Length: 4:37 [video]

For more information, visit the RECOMB-BE Web site at