Seminar in Systems and Computational Biomedicine (SCBM)

Science Building G19
Fridays 12-1PM
BMSC-GA 4435  - 1.5 Credits

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

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
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. Attendance will be taken and two absences per semester will be allowed. In cases where a student misses more than two classes per semester, they will be required to summarize an assigned article per class missed. Master’s students can attend via WebEx or another telecommuting method with permission of the course director.

All students are required to present, with the exception of first-year students.  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 2019

  • September 13: Lili Blumenberg - Ruggles Lab

    • Discussants: Anna Yeaton, Dalia Barkley

  • September 20: Rescheduled

  • September 27: Igor Dolgalev - Aifantis/Tsirigos Lab

    • Discussants: Cindy Wang, MacIntosh Cornwell

  • October 4: Emily Kawaler - Fenyo/Ruggles Lab

    • Discussants: Raquel Moya, Sofia Nomikou

  • October 11: Vincent Major - Aphinyanaphongs Lab

    • Discussants: Runyu Hong, Angelina Volkova

  • October 18: Britney Martinez - Nudler Lab

    • Discussants: Sonali Narang, Lili Blumenberg

  • October 25: Rigor and Reproducibility Discussion — PhD students only (Mandatory)

  • November 1: Greg Brittingham - Holt Lab

    • Discussants: Sana Badri, Kevin Yang

  • November 8: Sofia Nominkou - Aifantis/Tsirigos Lab

    • Discussants: Emily Kawaler, Neil Jethani

  • November 15: Ji Chen - Aphinyanaphongs Lab

    • Discussants: Juan Irizarry-Cole, Jonathan Abebe

  • November 22: Angelina Volkova - Ruggles Lab

    • Discussants: Laura McCullough, Menghan Liu

  • November 29: OFF Thanksgiving Break 

  • December 6: Menghan Liu - Blaser Lab

    • Discussants: Cooper Devlin, Tobias Schraink

  • December 13: Laura McCullough - Boeke Lab

    • Discussants: Britney Martinez, Gregory Brittingham

Spring 2020 (not yet finalized)

  • January 17: Anna Yeaton - Tsirigos Lab

  • January 24: Runyu Hong - Fenyo Lab

  • January 31: Cooper Devlin - Loke/Ruggles Lab

  • February 7: Jonathan Abebe - Long/Tsiringos Lab

  • February 14: Cindy Wang - Fenyo Lab

  • February 21: Sana Badri - Skok/Bonneau Labs

  • February 28: Neil Jethani - Aphingyanaphongs Lab

  • March 6: Dalia Barkley - Yanai Lab

  • March 13: RETREAT!

  • March 20: Sonali Narang - Tsirigos/Tibes Lab

  • March 27: SPRING BREAK

  • April 3: Ethics Refresher — PhD students only (Mandatory 2 hour session)

  • April 10: Tobias Schraink - Carlton Lab

  • April 17: Raquel Moya - Maurano Lab

  • April 24: Juan Irizarry-Cole - Jonson Lab

  • May 1: MacIntosh Cornwell - Ruggles Lab

  • May 8: Kevin Yang - Nudler Lab