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    The ISCB Affiliates program is designed to forge links between ISCB and regional non-profit membership groups, centers, institutes and networks that involve researchers from various institutions and/or organizations within a defined geographic region involved in the advancement of bioinformatics. Such groups have regular meetings either in person or online, and an organizing body in the form of a board of directors or steering committee. If you are interested in affiliating your regional membership group, center, institute or network with ISCB, please review these guidelines (.pdf) and submit your application using the online ISCB Affiliated Group Application form. Your exploratory questions to ISCB about the appropriateness of a potential future affiliation are also welcome by Diane E. Kovats, ISCB Executive Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Professional Development, Training and Education

ISCBintel and Achievements

Award Winners

Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper
F1000 Poster Award
RCSB PDB Poster Prize
Art & Science Award

Ian Lawson Van Toch Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Paper

Rani Powers, University of Colorado, United States
GSEA-InContext: Identifying novel and common patterns in expression experiments

With Support From:

F1000 Poster Awards


Linhua Wang, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States
Large-scale assessment of protein function prediction using heterogeneous ensembles

Bhanwar Lal Puniya, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States
Systems modeling of phenotypic plasticity of CD4+ T cell differentiation

ISCB-SC Education and Internships Committee
The Bioinformatics Internship Program: An Initiative of The ISCB Student Council

Sabrina Nusrat, Harvard Medical School, United States
Visualization of Longitudinal Cancer Genomics Data

Soo Bin Kwon, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
Learning a human-mouse functional genomics conservation score

Shreyas Ramesh, Virginia Tech, United States
The Learnability of Taxonomic Divisions

RCSB and PDB Poster Prize

Fergus Boyles, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Learning from the ligand: improving binding affinity prediction using molecular descriptors

Art & Science Award

Ruth Callaway, Swansea University, Biosciences, United Kingdom
Mondrian‘s Sum of Squares
Alaa Abi Haidar, University of Pierre and Marie Curie
Marwan Abdellah, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
In Silico Brainbow

ISMB 2018 Conference Highlights

Career Fair

Career Fair will take place Monday, July 9th from 12:45pm - 2pm in the exhibit hall.
  • Conference attendees participating in the Career Fair have uploaded their resume into the ISCB Career Center (https://careers.iscb.org/) resume repository and will have a 'Talent' ribbon on their conference badge.
    • Sign-up is allowed on-site to attend the Career Fair but attendees MUST stop by the ISCB Booth or the TF desk and sign up.
  • Institutions/Exhibitors participating in the Career Fair will have star balloons on their exhibit booth/recruiter tables. Additional institutions that are recruiting will have a table in the Power Pod (booths 6 and 7) next to the Jobs Board.
    • Recruiters participating in the Career Fair will have available positions posted on the jobs board and/or additional opportunities at their tables and will have a 'Talents Seeker' ribbon on their confernece badge.
  • Please stop by the ISCB booth to see Bel Hanson or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Scientific Events in Chicago

CAGI 5 Conference July 5 - 7
March for Science Summit - July 6 - 8
Chicago Genomics and Data Science Hackathon July 11 - 13, 2018

CAGI 5 Conference July 5 - 7

Website: https://genomeinterpretation.org/content/5-conference

The aim of the CAGI 5 Conference will be to disseminate the results of the most recent CAGI experiment and assess our collective ability to make accurate and meaningful predictions of phenotypes from genomic information. CAGI data providers, assessors, and selected predictors will give the majority of the talks at the conference, with significant time allocated for discussions.

Fellowships are available, and in previous years we were able to provide support to most eligible applicants. To be eligible for fellowship support you must be a student or postdoc and a US citizen or permanent resident. We may also be able to support some members of under-represented groups, including those with disabilities, regardless of citizenship. All eligible participants are strongly encouraged to apply for a fellowship and are likely to receive support.

March for Science Summit - July 6 - 8

Website: https://www.marchforscience.com/summit

S|GNS (Science | Government, Institutions & Society) Summit is a network-wide meeting for emerging and established leaders across fields to share knowledge, build community, and develop their skills as science advocates, educators, and organizers.

Chicago Genomics and Data Science Hackathon July 11 - 13, 2018

From 11-13 July 2018, the NCBI will help out with a Data Science hackathon on the Northwestern School of Medicine Campus in Downtown Chicago! The hackathon will focus on genomics as well as general Data Science analyses including text, image and sequence processing. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of large datasets or in the development of pipelines for analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians.

The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to Chicago. Please note that this follows directly on the heels of the ISMB 2018 meeting.

Working groups of five to six individuals will be formed into five to eight teams. These teams will build pipelines and tools to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Example subjects for such a hackathon include:

  • A machine learning tool for observing structural changes in time course light microscopy.
  • Novel virus discovery
  • Automated systematic review methodology.
  • Splitting BLAST databases on the cloud
  • Data mapping tool that assists users with mapping their data to CDEs
  • Disease clustering from literature based on limited training data (phenotypic information)
  • Variants from RNAseq (including single cell)
  • Graphical User Interface for Gene Expression calculated on the fly from raw data

Please go to http://ncbi-hackathons.github.io to propose projects, and to access the sign-up form when available (likely in mid-March)

Conference Attendance

Child Attendance Information

ISCB conferences are professional events. Children of registered ISCB conference attendees are welcome to attend the conference with their parent or guardian, as long as younger children are under the supervision of a parent or guardian at all times. Parents or guardians may bring children to educational events provided the child does not disrupt the event.

Personal Consideration Room

A private room is available during the conference for nursing mothers and others with sensitive personal needs. Staff at the registration desk will direct you to the room. Please note that this room is not staffed and contains tables, chairs, and a waste basket. A restroom is located nearby.

Childcare Services

ISCB is unfortunately unable to provide childcare services. Attendees are encouraged to contact their hotel concierge to arrange individual or group childcare. Please check with your hotel well in advance of your arrival date.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the parent(s) and guardians requesting child care services to screen caregivers and to make a determination as to the appropriateness of the caregiver. ISCB does not screen childcare services and assumes no responsibility or liability with respect to these services.

Guest of Attendees

ISCB allows guests (defined as a non-scientist family member or non-scientist friend) of registered attendees. If you are a registered delegate who would like a non-scientist family member or friend to see your invited talk or poster presentation, please visit the registration desk to obtain a guest badge. Attendees may opt to purchase a guest pass that includes access to all planned receptions and meal functions of the conference.

Please note: All guest badges must be requested onsite at the registration desk.

Alcohol and Smoking


Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beer, and soft drinks may be offered during the meeting. Alcoholic beverages will be distributed per the laws and regulations of the country where the event is being held and may only be allowed in specific areas.

Smoking and Use of Tobacco

ISCB conference are tobacco-free events. Smoking and use of tobacco is permitted only in designated areas outside of the venue. Tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, are not permitted in the conference or at conference events.


The Jackson Laboratory
https://jax.org/postdocJackson Laborator

The Jackson Laboratory is recruiting outstanding Postdoctoral Associates for our expanding research campuses in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Farmington, Conn. Join our team and contribute to our important mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
https://stjude.org/postdocJackson Laborator

A non-profit biomedical research institution where mathematics and computer science are applied to the study of genomics, epigenetics, systems biology, biological image analysis, and structural & chemical biology. Our high-performance computing facility allows seamless integration of computational scientists with experimentalists. Visit our booth to discuss postdoctoral fellowship opportunities.

Biomedical Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s and University of Cincinnati
http://med.uc.edu/bmiBiomedical Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

We are the biomedical informatics team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. We are currently recruiting the best and brightest computational scientists interested in tackling compelling biomedical problems, in order to improve health and wellness for children and adults. Join us! Visit our table and follow us @CincyInformatix.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Iowa State University
http://www.bcb.iastate.eduBioinformatics and Computational Biology @ ISU

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Graduate Program at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa offers interdisciplinary PhD training at the intersections of Biological, Computing and Information Sciences. More than 70 nationally and internationally known faculty - biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and physicists - participate in a wide range of collaborative research projects. BCB’s 100+ alumni have achieved exceptional outcomes in pharmaceutical, plant and data sciences, and academia.

Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
http://wisc.edu/ Biostatistics and Medical Informatics,  University of Wisconsin - Madison

The University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of the largest public universities with more than 29,000 undergraduate and ~8,000 graduate students. The university consistently ranks among the top in research funding. The campus is known for its interdisciplinary culture and cutting edge scientific collaboration across diverse departments including computational, statistical and biological sciences. This sponsorship is offered through the collaborative efforts of multiple entities including the Quantitative Biology Initiative and the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics.

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Informatics Institute
http://www.uab.edu/medicine/informatics/ Informatics Institute

The Informatics Institute provides a home for focusing biomedical informatics activities in the UAB School of Medicine. The Institute comprises core and affiliated faculty and staff with expertise across the biomedical informatics spectrum, including bioinformatics, computational and systems biomedicine, translational informatics, clinical research informatics, and clinical informatics.

Communities of Special Interest (COSI) ISMB 2018 Committee Listing

(Committee as of April 16)

Education: Computational Biology EducationEducation: Computational Biology Education

Fran Lewitter, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, United States Proceedings COSI Representative
COSI Organizing Committee
COSI Committee representative
Nicola Mulder, University of Cape Town, South AfricaCOSI Program Committee member
Patricia Palagi, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, SwitzerlandCOSI Organizing Committee
Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University, United StatesCOSI Organizing Committee
COSI Program Committee member
Teresa Attwood, The University of Manchester, United KingdomCOSI Organizing Committee
COSI Committee representative
Evolution and Comparative GenomicsEvolution and Comparative Genomics

Christophe Dessimoz, University of Lausanne, SwitzerlandProceedings COSI Representative
COSI Organizing Committee
COSI Abstracts Chair

Thomas Rattei, University of Vienna, AustriaCOSI Organizing Committee
COSI Program Committee member
RegSys: Regulatory and Systems GenomicsRegSys: Regulatory and Systems Genomics

Jason Ernst, UCLA, United StatesCOSI Proceedings Co-Chair
Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute, United StatesCOSI Abstracts Chair
Lonnie Welch, Ohio University, United StatesCOSI Committee representative
COSI Steering Committee Co-Chair
Manolis Kellis, MIT, United StatesCOSI Steering Committee Co-Chair
Saurabh Sinha, University of Illinois, United StatesProceedings COSI Representative
COSI Proceedings Co-Chair
Stein Aerts, KU Leuven, BelgiumCOSI Abstracts Chair
RNA: Computational RNA BiologyRNA: Computational RNA Biology

Alex Bateman, EMBL-EBI, United KingdomCOSI Organizing Committee
COSI Program Committee member
Eduardo Eyras, Pompeu Fabra University, SpainCOSI Abstracts Chair
COSI Organizing Committee
COSI Program Committee member
Klemens Hertel, UC Irvine, United StatesCOSI Abstracts Chair
COSI Organizing Committee
Michelle Scott, Université de Sherbrooke, CanadaCOSI Program Committee member
Yoseph Barash, University of Pennsylvania, United StatesCOSI Abstracts Chair
COSI Organizing Committee
COSI Committee representative
COSI ISMB Representative

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