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Symposium Session Recordings (August 21-22, 2021)

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Complete Schedule for the Day 1 of Omics Bioinformatics Research Symposium (August 21, 2021)





OPENING REMARKS : Omics Logic Asia-Introduction

Mohit Mazumder, Ph.D. - Pine Biotech, Inc.

Opening remarks & Introduction of a moderator for the symposium by Ms. Sonalika Ray, Bioinformatics Community Manager, Pine Biotech (5.00 am - 5:05 am CST)
- Introducing important guests, programs and plans by Dr. Mohit Mazumder, Director Business                     Development, Pine Biotech (5.05 am - 5:15 am CST)
- Announcements for University participating from India



Future of Bioinformatics & Data Driven Biological research in India and Opportunities for Research

AbstractThere is an exponential growth of data in the field of biological, medical and plant sciences. Aim of this talk is to introduce participants with techniques important for managing and mining big data. First, I will cover various repositories or databases  and challenges in managing unstructured data which contributed to 80% of big data.  Secondly, I will focus on  advances in the field of data mining for extracting knowledge from big biological data.

 Dr. GPS Raghava, Head & Professor, IIIT-Delhi

Head & Professor, Department of  Computational Biology, IIIT-Delhi Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awardee in Biological Science, “National Bioscience Award for Career Development; J. C. Bose national fellowship   DST; Fellow of National Academy of Sciences (F.N.A.Sc); and Fellow of Indian Academy of Science (F.A.Sc.) Bangalore.



Research Symposium - Post - Pallu Reddanna


Industry Driven Education in Healthcare in India  

AbstractIndia, with the world’s largest population of 500 million in the age group of 5 -24 years and the largest network of higher educational institutions in the world, played an important role in every sector. However, there is still a lot of potential for further development, provided the right skills are imparted by the educational institutions. This requires continued interaction of the educational institutions with the industries to understand the dynamic skill set required with changing times and industries re-skill the professionals and potential employees in collaboration with the academic institutions.

Prof. Pallu Reddanna, University of Hyderabad & Director, ASPIRE & Executive President FABA, Hyderabad

Prof. P. Reddanna has been working for the past 30 years in the area of inflammation and cancer. His papers on leukotriene synthesis along with Prof. E.J. Corey, the Nobel Laureate and the discovery of a new pathway for the conversion of Leukotriene C4 to Leukotriene F4 are significant contributions. He is Involved in setting up of TBI and BioNEST incubation centers and Founder member of the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA)as well as participating in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship activities in the campus. 



OPENING REMARKS: Omics Logic Africa-Introduction

Adekunle Adelowoye, Program Director Omics Logic Nigeria

  • Opening remarks & Introduction of a moderator for the symposium by Sani Hamza Bioinformatics Community Manager,
    (6.30 am - 6:35 am CST)
  • Introducing important guests, programs and plans by Mr. Adekunle, Program Director, OmicsLogic Nigeria, Pine Biotech
    (6.35 am - 7:00 am CST)


Bioinformatics of Infectious Disease and the Relevance to Public Health

Abstract:- Despite accounting for the highest burden of infectious diseases, Africa has the lowest human capacity in bioinformatics for data analysis and research output on infectious disease genomics and bioinformatics. Here we review the potential contribution of bioinformatics to the management of infectious diseases of serious public health concern in Africa. Specifically, we focus on the application of genomics and bioinformatics in malaria control and elimination. We highlight the importance of bioinformatics training in translational research of public health importance and as a means to bridge the gap in the African human capacity and research output. 

Dr. Anita Ghansah, Research Scientist & Fellow, NMIMR, Ghana

Research Fellow at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana. Her research includes building capacity in the use of P. falciparum genomic data to describe the extent of genetic diversity of the parasite, discovery of new genes and SNPs that may have biological importance and development of novel genetic analysis tools for studying well defined phenotypes such as drug resistance and vaccine efficacy.



PANEL DISCUSSION: Bioinformatics Need and Training in Africa

Moderator: Dr. Adekunle Adeluwoye

Panelists: Dr. Anita Ghansah, Dr. Voke Toye, Dr. Adrienne Leussa , Sani Hamza

Key topics: what are some of the applications of bioinformatics in Africa. What companies, universities and colleges hire or conduct research. What are some challenges in education related to bioinformatics in the region? How has the pandemic changed the perception about bioinformatics and eagerness to learn? What are some of the areas that still need to be addressed?



Opening Ceremony & Topics (US Introduction)

Abstract: What is Omics Logic and How can we prepare the next generation of experts that bring deep insights from biological data using data science skills? How can we advance the experience these students have placing them at the forefront of big data that continues to grow, with increased complexity and scale?

Mr. Elia Brodsky, CEO, Pine Biotech, New Orleans

Mr. Brodsky is one of the Co-Founder & CEO of Pine Biotech. He has facilitated and managed collaborations with researchers at Stanford, UCSF, Louisiana State University, Tulane, and other academic and pharma R&D teams. Mr. Brodsky oversees the research projects and manages the development of the prototype, preparation of the relevant data projects, and implementation of the system for the needs of students and teachers that the project is designed for.



PANEL DISCUSSION: Data driven Bioinformatics Research and Training in Education

Moderator: Mr. Elia Brodsky

Panelists: Dr. Gus Kousoulas, Dr. Leonid Brodsky, Prof. Sona Vasudevan, Prof. P Raddana, Dr. GPS Raghava,

Dr. Laura Harris






Changing Landscape of Bioinformatics: AI&ML, Mathematical Modeling, Multi-Omics integration and New Technologies for Data Generation and Analysis

Mathematical modeling of the single-stranded RNA virus: role of naturally occurring defective virus genomes  

Abstract: Ordinary differential equations (ODE) were used to simulate the infection of cells by virus particles and intracellular replication of the WT and defective virus genomes (DVG) that produce these particles. Consistency of the model with the experimental data across all passages of infection as well as sensitivity of the model's parameters was studied. Analysis of the simulations under variation of model’s parameter values suggests that even without immune response of the cells, activation of the DVG-associated processes slows down the loss of uninfected cells. We found that if DVGs are present at high enough numbers, the naturally occurring DVG genomes could attenuate pathogenicity of the virus.

Dr. Leonid Brodsky, Director, TBRC, Haifa University

Dr. Leonid Brodsky specializes in biostatistics, mathematics, and bioinformatics. His work in data analysis and bioinformatics algorithm development for many years produced several new approaches to biomedical data analysis.





Omics in Virology: How the Pandemic has Changed our Approach

  • Applications of Bioinformatics in Medicine: Biotechnology, Clinical and Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Changing Landscape of Bioinformatics: AI and ML, simulation, Multi-omics integration and New Technologies for Data Generation and Analysis
  •  Infectious Diseases and Public Health: COVID 19 pandemic and the awareness for Genomic Data

Dr. Raul Andino Professor at Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco

Analysis of whole genome sequencing data in cancer studies & Analysis of single cell transcriptomic data and bulk RNA deconvolution approaches  

AbstractAdvances in scRNA sequencing technologies have revolutionized our ability to understand the complexities of organisms and diseases on an unprecedented scale.  Using our recent study of the changes in gene expression on a single cell level and changes in cellular populations in disease as an example, we will go over the standard flow of analysis as it is implemented on T-BioInfo Platform and the expected results on each stage of analysis. We also implemented several gold-standard tools and approaches as well as in-house algorithms for analysis of WGS data on T-BioInfo platform as an easy-to-use collection of pipelines. In our recent study of tumor-normal pairs of samples derived from the same individual we utilized the newly developed T-BioInfo section to identify high rate of chromosomal instability, overall accumulation of mutational load, somatic mutations in the protein-coding regions of the genome, and mutational signatures in cancer. 

Mrs. Julia Panov, MS.C.

Associate Director at the Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center, Haifa University, Israel, Big Data Omics Analysis, Integration and Modeling


Earth's extremophiles and the search for life on Mars 

Abstract:  Astrobiology is a new science which addresses the origin of life on Earth and potential for life elsewhere in the universe. Our current knowledge of life is informed by many extremophilic forms on Earth inhabiting diverse environments from the deep subsurface to the stratosphere. These organisms were a primary motivation for development of genome sequencing methodology and the omics revolution. Their study through genomic and bioinformatic approaches has provided insights into the limits to life and natural resources for biotechnology

Dr. Shiladitya DasSarma

Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology




Q & A: Emerging cutting edge research based technologies 

Moderator: Gepoliano

Panelists: Dr. Leonid Brodsky, Julia Panov, Shiladitya DasSarma

PQ - Gepoliano





















Group Discussion: 


Dr Gepoliano Chaves- Bioinformatics in Brazil and SIP program (1:00 pm - 1:10pm)

Mr. Subhrajit Barua - Astrobiology and Bioinformatics ( 1:10 pm - 1:20pm)

Ms. Urja Parikh - BMSIS visiting scholar and young scientist program (1:20 pm - 1:30pm)

 Elia Brodsky - Omics Logic Research Fellowship (1:30pm - 1:50pm)

  • High school program
  • LBRN
  • Noguchi program
  • Amity University program
  • International fellowship



Data & Life Sciences - Getting Involved and Making an Impact! 

Complete Schedule for the Day 2 of Omics Bioinformatics Research Symposium (August 22, 2021)






Day 2 - Topics Introduction

Elia Brodsky - Review day 1 and start the topic for day 2


Computational Biology and Biotechnology Education at Amity University

Professor Seema Bhatnagar, Assistant Director, Amity University, Noida

Assistant Directors, Amity Institute of BioTechnology, Amity University,

Professor with a demonstrated history of Research in Medicinal Chemistry and working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Organic Synthesis, Drug Discovery, Drug Design, Protein Chemistry, and Biochemistry.



Systems Medicine Education at Georgetown University

Abstract: We are in the midst of the “BIG-DATA” era of biology. With the sequencing of the human genome and availability of high power computational methods and various high through-put technologies, biomedical sciences and medicine is undergoing a revolutionary change. Systems Medicine is a new and emerging field that leverages complex computational tools to develop personalized assessments of disease risk and potential management options. Systems Medicine seeks to enhance individualized diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. 

Prof. Sona Vasudevan, Georgetown University Medical Center  

Dr. Vasudevan's interests span the areas of structural biology, structural bioinformatics, homology modeling, protein-ligand and antibody-antigen interactions, and RNA biology. Her research interests include comparative genomics, protein classification, protein homology modeling, and molecular dynamics simulations to look at the effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms in breast cancer, evolutionary analysis, systems biology, and translational informatics.

Undergraduate and High School Computational Biology Education at Carnegie Mellon

Abstract: Carnegie Mellon University offers both a comprehensive summer pre-college program and an undergraduate program.  I co-founded both of these programs and serve as a director for both programs, and I will speak about how our programs are structured and what makes them unique within the computational biology education space.

Dr. Phillip Compeau, Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Department Head, Carnegie Mellon University

He is an Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Computational Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a passionate educator who has taught a range of STEM courses to a diverse collection of student groups, an experienced administrator who works to make the student the central focus of our educational programs, and a leader of several successful projects in open online education.


Data Science for Biological Data - a message for the National Association of IDeA Principal Investigators

AbstractThe rapid accumulation of genomic information on human and animal genomes and viral, bacterial and parasites has necessitated the application of advanced bioinformatics and data science methodologies to analyze large genomic. Transcriptomic and proteomic data sets. A new generation of scientists are needed that can apply interdisciplinary expertise in computer science and biology to enable the appropriate utilization of advanced bioinformatics and data science tools. Providing a variety of opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels for specialized cross-disciplinary training is very much needed.

Dr. Gus Kousoulas, President of NAIPI (National Association of IDeA Principal Investigators), USA

Dr. Kousoulas is a professor of virology and biotechnology in the department of pathobiological sciences and director of the division of biotechnology and molecular medicine (BioMMED). He is the Director of the NIH-funded Center in Experimental Infectious Disease Research and the Director of the NIH-funded Louisiana Biomedical Research Network Molecular and Cell Biology Core.


Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics Research and Training

AbstractLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans has developed and established a robust Bioinformatics and Genomics (BIG) Program. The mission of the program is to conduct innovative research in bioinformatics, computational genomics, data sciences and other emerging technologies with application to human health and to train the next generation of biomedical scientists and professionals.  The role of bioinformatics and computational genomics is to turn multi-platform multi-scale omics data into liquidity and transform it into knowledge to improve human health. In this talk I will discuss these and other opportunities available within the BIG program and how to access them.

Dr. Chindo Hicks, Professor and Program Director, Department of Genetics at LSU Health Sciences, USA

Dr. Hicks is a program director for a bioinformatics research program with a focus on health and health disparities. His research interests included bioinformatics and computational genomics, multiplatform and multiscale data analysis and integration, genomics and epigenomics of common human diseases, pathway prediction and modeling gene regulatory networks as well as knowledge and drug discovery using big data.


Bioinformatics Research and Education for Medical and Graduate Students

AbstractResearch and education in bioinformatics have become critical for students in biomedical research fields. Educating students with highly variable backgrounds in computing presents a host of challenges. I will share some strategies and techniques we’ve used for overcoming these challenges along with current resources for education and ongoing research in bioinformatics within a medical school setting.

Dr. Chris Taylor, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, & Computational Biology Core, LBRN, USA

Dr. Taylor’s research lies in the realm of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, specifically related to applications of high throughput sequencing. This research is highly collaborative in nature involving the development of algorithms for analysis and visualization of sequencing data.



Research Symposium - Post - Shameer Khader


Pharma and AI: Integration of Omics and Clinical Data

Abstract: Pharma and AI: Integration of Omics and Clinical Data applying bioinformatics, data science and Artificial Intelligence in the pharmaceutical industry. Overview of trans - disciplinary data driven research applying Machine learning to accelerate drug discovery and development

Dr. Shameer Khader, Senior Director, AstraZeneca

Dr. Shameer Khader is a senior director of advanced analytics, data science, and bioinformatics at AstraZeneca, a global, science-led biopharmaceuticals company. At AstraZeneca, he leads a global team of data scientists, biomedical scientists, statisticians, and software engineers. 



Biomedical Data Science Industry - Internships and Job Opportunities

PQ - Job Opportunities

Moderator: Dr. Mohit Mazumder

Panelists: Mr. Tarun Walia, EMA Partners International,  Mr. Anthony Finbow, CEO, Eagle Genomics, Dr. Shameer Khader, Director, Astrazeneca, Naheed Kurgi, CEO, Cyclica

  • Skills companies looking for, Internship opportunities
  • How is bioinformatics in industry different from academia
  • What are the gaps they see in academia compared to industry
  • How do they work with university programs to make sure students have the right skills, perspective and experience


WINNERS (Poster Presentation)

PP Winners