Bioinformatics Seminar Series


Data-driven approaches in multi-omics research
Dr. Julie Hussin
Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal (UdeM), and the Montreal Heart Institute

Towards precision diagnostics – Mass spectrometry-based omics for the diagnosis of rare metabolic disorders
Dr. Purva Kulkarni
Translational Metabolic Laboratory (TML) of the Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands

Dr. Joshua August Skorburg
Department of Philosophy and Centre for Advancing Responsible and Ethical Artificial Intelligence, University of Guelph

Artificial intelligence applications in bioinformatics
Dr. Michael Leclercq
Centre de Recherche du CHU de Québec, Université Laval

Using large-scale, deeply-phenotypes datasets to characterize the molecular-genetic mechanisms of aging with multi-modal approaches
Dr. Dan Felsky
Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and University of Toronto

Towards a mechanistic understanding of global change: from cells to ecosystems and human well-being
Dr. Joey Bernhardt
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

2022-2023 (Virtual)

Bioinformatic challenges in microbiome studies
Dr. Morgan Langille
Canada Research Chair in Human Microbiomics, Departments of Pharmacology and Microbiology & Immunology, Dalhousie University

Anchor Clustering for Large-Scale Immune Repertoire Sequencing Data [Student seminar]
Haiyang (Skyler) Chang, PhD in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

Multidimensional PeakPicker: Building an Automatic Peak Information Extraction Program for NMR Spectra [Student seminar]
Rachel Brown, PhD in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph

Genomic Epidemiology through a One Health Lens
Dr. William Hsiao
Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

AI Based Drug Discovery
Dr. Stephen MacKinnon
Chief Platform Officer, Cyclica Inc. (Toronto)

Integrative Analysis of Microbiome Datasets
Dr. Ni Zhao
Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Computer Vision Based Taxonomic Classification of Insecta Using Deep Learning Models
Julia Harvie
M.Sc.BINF+AI (collaborative specialization in AI) recent graduate, University of Guelph (co-advisors: Dr. Dirk Steinke and Dr. Dan Tulpan)

2021-2022 (Virtual)

Taxonomic Classification Methods for COI Barcode Datasets: Benchmarking for Accuracy and Speed [Student seminar]
Matthew Orton, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Knock. Knock. Who’s There? Investigating Community Differences Using Multivariate Decision Trees [Student seminar]
Josip Rudar, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Bioinformatics and Pathogen Genomics of Food Enteric Pathogens
Dr. John Nash
Acting Director, Science Technology Cores and Services Division, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada

Modeling Multivariate Counts from Modern Biological Datasets
Dr. Sanjeena Dang
Canada Research Chair in Data Science and Analytics, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University

No Safe Harbour: Finding the Genes that Cause Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr. Robert Beiko
Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

Practical Data Sciences & Bioinformatics: Lessons from the Front Lines
Kwokyin Hui
Data Scientist II, Luminex Corporation (Toronto, ON)

Looking into structural and mechanistic details of supramolecular machines via methyl-TROSY NMR
Dr. Rui Huang
Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph

2020-2021 (Virtual)

Filling the gap: A comparative analysis of imputation methods using trait dataset [Student seminar]
Jacqueline May, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Point Packing: Generation and Applications [Student seminar]
Matthew Stoodley, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics student
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph

A systems approach towards understanding of over-conditioning in periparturient cows
Dr. Morteza Ghaffari
Institut für Tierwissenschaften Physiologie, University of Bonn (Germany)

The Road Less Traveled: A Probabilistic Approach for DNA Clustering
Dr. Mahdi Belcaid
Information and Computer Sciences Department & Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Uncovering Biological Heterogeneity Using Gene Expression Networks and Patient Similarity Networks
Dr. Anjali Silva
Princess Margaret Cancer Center, University Health Network; Vector Institute (Toronto, ON)

Containerization using Docker: Ensuring pipeline reproducibility and maintainability
Heather Ward
Bioinformatician, DNAstack (Toronto, ON)

COVID-19: past, present, future
Dr. Hosna Jabbari
Department of Computer Science, University of Victoria


Digging up the diversity of environmental microorganisms
Dr. Vera Tai
Departments of Biology and Statistical & Actuarial Sciences, Western University

Machine learning in behavioral analysis
Dr. Denis Gris (visiting sabbatical professor, School of Computer Science)
Department of Immunology, University of Sherbrooke

Gut bacteriophage dynamics, fecal microbiota transplantation, and recurrent or refractory Clostridioides difficile infection [Student seminar]
Jessmyn Niergarth, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph

The problem with disordered protein evolution: Improving phylogenetic trees using alignment free methods [Student seminar]
Andrew Riley, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph

Powerful approaches to identify likely causal variants for rare and common human diseases and traits
Andrew Paterson, M.D.
Genetics and Genome Biology, Hospital for Sick Children; Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

mBRAVE: The Multiplex Barcode Research And Visualization Environment [Joint seminar with BioM&S]
Sujeevan Ratnasingham
Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph

Whole Genome Sequence Analysis in Cerebral Palsy: A "Non-Genomic" Disorder Meets 21st Century Genomics
Dr. Richard Wintle
The Centre for Applied Genomics, Hospital for Sick Children

Epiclomal: probabilistic clustering of sparse single-cell DNA methylation data [Joint seminar with BioM&S]
Dr. Camila de Souza
Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, Western University

Machine Learning and the Mathematics of Genomes
Dr. Lila Kari
School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo


A Population Genetic Diversity Analysis of Canadian Bread Wheat from 1842 to 2015 [Student seminar]
William (Max) Hargreaves, Ph.D. in Bioinformatics candidate
Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Nutrigenomics and predictive modelling: What story does nutritional genomics tell us about our genetic ancestry? [Student seminar]
Fathiya Mohamed, M.BINF. graduate
University of Guelph

Unsupervised data analysis for the regulated proteome
Dr. Alan Moses
Departments of Cell & Systems Biology, Computer Science, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Collaborative Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Toronto

A Better Health System through Computation
Dr. William W.L. Wong
School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo

VikNGS C++ Tool for Sequence-based Association Testing enabling Consortium Research
Dr. Lisa Strug
Genetics and Genome Biology Program & Centre for Applied Genomics, SickKids Research Institute; Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Developing and validating models for predicting perinatal and pediatric health outcomes using linked metabolomics, birth registry and clinical databases in Ontario
Dr. Steven Hawken
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa; Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences


Identifying the genetic basis of artificial selection in wheat
Dr. Lewis Lukens
Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Phylogenetic comparative methods for modeling discrete character evolution using incomplete data
Dr. Utkarsh Dang
Department of Health Outcomes and Administrative Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Binghamton University, SUNY

DNA Barcoding and the Origin of Species
Dr. Sarah (Sally) Adamowicz
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario & Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph