5th UBC Symposium: Big Data in Life Sciences

Utrecht Bioinformatics Center celebrates her fifth anniversary with a full day symposium including two keynote speakers and community poster sessions. The anniversary symposium ‘Big Data in Life Sciences’ will be more successful if you are contributing with an abstract or poster. The organizing committee will select four abstracts for an oral presentation.

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Since the inception of the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center, its annual symposium has been a successful event for our UBC community. It is a good opportunity to meet and interact with one another, share great bioinformatics research at Utrecht Science Park, and be inspired by internationally renowned keynote speakers.


Debora Marks
The first confirmed keynote speaker is Debora Marks from Harvard Medical School. Debora is well known for her seminal work in predicting 3D protein structures from sequences, as well as predicting the consequences of genetic variation in relation to disease and drug response. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Overton Prize by the International Society of Computational Biology.  

Paul Thompson
The second keynote speaker is Paul Thompson, Professor of Neurology at the Imaging Genetics Center of the University of Southern California. Paul’s lab develops mathematical and computational algorithms to map and understand the human brain. He currently leads the Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) project, a global initiative to understand how brain structures and the underlying genetic landscape change as a result of diseases such as mental illness and Alzheimer.

Utrecht Bioinformatics Community
Besides these keynote speakers, the event will also feature presentations from local PI’s, selected talks from post-docs and PhD candidates and a poster session. We strongly encourage all PhD’s and post-docs to submit an abstract for a poster contribution not least because out of all poster abstracts, four abstracts will be selected for a short presentation during the symposium and the UBC makes a poster price available of 150 euro! Furthermore, there will of course be ample time to interact during lunch, coffee breaks and the concluding reception.