Schedule

TorBUG meets on the last Wednesday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments.

Meetings are held in the Red Room at the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, University of Toronto, 160 College Street at 4:00 pm and are free and open to all.

Meeting Format:

3:00pm – 4:00pm Trainees meet with Speaker (Black Room, Terrence Donnelly Centre)
4:00pm – 4:15pm Trainee Presentation (Red Room, Terrence Donnelly Centre)
4:15pm – 5:00pm Speaker Presentation (Red Room, Terrence Donnelly Centre)
5:00pm – 7:00pm Pizza and Beverage Session with Speaker and Bioinformatics community (Red Room, Terrence Donnelly Centre)



2013-2014 Season



Next Talk:

April 30, 2014

3:00-4:00 - Discussion with guest speaker Titus Brown in CCBR Black Room
Topic: Open science and social media-enabled approach to science

4:00-5:00 - Main Event in CCBR Red Room
Trainee Speaker: Julio Diaz Caballero, David Guttman's lab at University of Toronto
Talk Title: Periodic Selection Drives Pseudomonas aeruginosa Diversity in the Cystic Fibrosis Lung

Guest Speaker: Titus Brown, Michigan State University
Talk Title: Building khmer, a platform for research in scalable sequence analysis

Upcoming Speakers in 2014/2015:

September 24, 2014 – Sandrine Dudoit
October 29, 2014 – Heng Li
November 26, 2014 – Mads Kaern
January 28, 2015 – Anna Goldenberg
February 25, 2015 – Benjamin Haibe Kains
March 25, 2015 – Nicholas Provart
April 29, 2015 – Paul Flicek




Past Speakers


  • Watch our past presentations on YouTube

Wednesday September 24, 2012

Speaker: Lincoln Stein, Director of Informatics and Bio-computing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
YouTube Presentation: modENCODE: The Good, the Bad and the "Uggh"

Short Presentation: Marc Fiume, PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Brudno Lab, University of Toronto.
YouTube Presentation: Next-generation genome browsing



Wednesday October 31, 2012

Speaker: Brian O'Connor
YouTube Presentation: Hack a What? Doing bioinformatics the Hack-a-thon Way

Speaker: Robin Haw
YouTube Presentation: Google Summer of Code: Bringing Google to Bioinformatics

Short Presentation: Yue Dong
YouTube Presentation: My Experience in the Google world

Speaker: Jean Lozach, Senior Scientist at Illumina Bioinformatics.
YouTube Presentation: BASE Space: Open Tools in the Cloud





Wednesday November 28, 2012

Speaker: Lars Jorgensen, Director of Genome Informatics, Personalized Genomics & Innovative Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Title: Bioinformatics in a Clinical Setting

Short Presentation: Omar Wagih, Masters Student in Computer Science, Bader Lab, University of Toronto
Title: SGATools: tools for image analysis, normalization and scoring SGA screens



Wednesday January 30, 2013

Speaker: Michael Brudno, Director, Centre for Computational Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children & Associate Professor, University of Toronto.
Title: Analyzing and Visualizing High Throughput Sequencing Data

Short Presentation: Leopold Parts, Research Associate, Boone & Andrews Labs, University of Toronto
Title: How come I have my father's nose? Quantitative genetics of protein traits.



Wednesday February 27, 2013

Speaker: Fritz Roth, Senior Scientist, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute and Canada Research Chair in Integrative Biology.
Title: 1) Pointing to causal genes on a prix fixe GWAS menu, and 2) protein network mapping via wild sex and sequencing
Short Presentation: Juri Reimand, Postdoctoral Fellow in Bader Lab, University of Toronto
Title: Chasing cancer drivers in cell signalling networks


Wednesday March 27, 2013

Speaker: Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University.
Title: Information and Scientific Visualization: Experiments in Aesthetics, Meaning and Process
Short Presentation: Jamie Waese, PhD Candidate, Department of Cell & Systems Biology, University of Toronto
Title: Building Data Visualization Tools for Large Biological Data Sets


Wednesday April 24, 2013, 4:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, Professor of Medical Genetics, Senior Scientist and Co-Director at CMMT at the University of British Columbia.
Title: Discovery of Regulatory Variations in Whole Genome Sequences
Short Presentation: Dr. Nuno Barbosa-Morais, Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Title: Studying the evolution of tissue-specific alternative splicing using RNA-Seq data


Wednesday September 25, 2013

Speaker: Brian Shoichet, Professor at Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.
Title: The Metabolic Code
Short Presentation: Maria Safi, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Title: Efficient a priori modeling of drug resistance: structural models


Wednesday October 30, 2013

Speaker: Paul Boutros, Principal Investigator, Informatics and Bio-computing, OICR.
Title: World War B: Making Benchmarking Exciting
Short Presentation: Carl de Boer, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Title: Poly-dA:dT tracts form a directional nucleosomal turnstile in vivo


November 27, 2013

Speaker: Michael Hoffman, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Title: Semi-automated annotation of the human genome using chromatin and RNA-seq data
Short Presentation: Sarah Gagliano, Joanne Knight lab at CAMH
Title: A method to incorporate hundreds of functional characteristics with association
evidence to improve SNP prioritization


January 29, 2014

Guest Speaker: Jared Simpson, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Title: Designing scalable algorithms for sequence analysis
Short Presentation: Lee Zamparo, Zhang Lab at University of Toronto
Title: Dimensionality reduction for high-content screening data


February 26, 2014

Guest Speaker: Guillaume Bourque, McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Center
Title: Mapping the functional elements in the human genome

Short Presentation: Oren Kraus, Frey Lab at University of Toronto
Title: Outlier Detection for High-Content Cell Screening



March 26, 2014

Guest Speaker: Michael Lawrence, Genentech
Title:Scalable and Integrative Genomics with R/Bioconductor

Short Presentation: David Shih, Taylor Lab at Sick Kids
Title: Investigating the molecular subgroups of medulloblastoma: means, motive and opportunity