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Doctoral Students: BMSC-GA 4435  - 1.5 Credits
Master Students: BMIM-GA 2001 - 0 Credits

Course Director: 
Kelly Ruggles (

Course Description
The Seminar in Biomedical Informatics course is meant to give students the opportunity to practice their presentation skills and to facilitate the development of student’s dissertation research ideas.

This class is geared towards Master’s and Doctoral students in Biomedical Informatics and is composed of two types of presentations:

  • Journal Club (JC): Students present current relevant scientific journal articles

  • Work-In-Progress (WIP) seminars: Students present their research work

Master’s and Doctoral students must participate in both types of presentations throughout their training period.  The main goal of the course is to provide students an open forum for scientific discussion of relevant topics in Biomedical Informatics and provide feedback to the doctoral students about their scientific work. The JC series will serve faculty and students to stay abreast of the current research in the field.

After taking this class students are expected to:

  • Read and understand scientific literature.

  • Critically evaluate scientific work.

  • Actively listen and evaluate presentation content and formulate pertinent questions.

  • Develop presentation, communication and teaching skills.

Attendance and participation
Doctoral and Master’s students are required to attend to seminars in order to obtain a passing grade and/or credit for the course. Attendance will be taken and two absences per semester will be allowed. In cases where a student misses more than one class per semester, they will be required to summarize an assigned article. Master’s students can attend via WebEx or another telecommuting method with permission of the course director.

All doctoral students are required to present in the JC series and, with the exception of first-year students, in the WIP. Master’s students will be required to present their thesis project progress as part of the WIP spring series. This class will be graded as a pass or fail will based on attendance, the quality of the student presentations and their participation in class.

Fall 2017

  • September 22: Amanda Ernlund and Britney Martinez (JC), AW CR508
  • September 29: Jennifer Teubl, AW CR508
  • October 6: Amanda Ernlund, TRB718
  • October 13: Emily Kawaler and Vincent Major (JC), AW CR508
  • October 20: Zuojian Tang, AW CR508 
  • October 27: Harris Lazaris, AW CR508
  • November 3: Igor Dolgalev and Angelina Volkova (JC), TRB718
  • November 10: Micheal Shen, AW CR508
  • November 17: Sana Badri, AW CR508
  • November 24: OFF
  • December 1: Maayan Baron, TRB718
  • December 8: Xuya Wang, AW CR508

Spring 2018

  • January 26: Emily Kawaler, AW CR508
  • February 2: Igor Dolgalev, TRB718
  • February 9: Greg Brittingham and Tobias Schraink (JC), NSB G19
  • February 16: Vincent Major, NSB G19
  • February 23: Menghan Liu, NSB G19
  • March 2: Brandon Mannion and Sana Badri (JC), NSB G19
  • March 9: Greg Brittingham, NSB G19
  • March 16: Britney Martinez, NSB G19
  • March 23: Maayan Baron and Ji Chen (JC), NSB G19
  • March 30: Sofia Nomikou, NSB G19
  • April 6: Brandon Mannion, NSB G19
  • April 13: Xuya Wang and Sofia Nomikou (JC), NSB G19
  • April 20: Angelina Volkova, NSB G19
  • April 27: Ji Chen, NSB G19
  • May 4: Menghan Liu and Michael Shen (JC), NSB G19
  • May 11: Tobias Schraink, NSB G19