6th Workshop on Computational Advances in Molecular Epidemiology

The 6th Workshop on Computational Advances in Molecular Epidemiology will be held in Boston, MA on August 20, 2017. The workshop, held in conjunction with the 8th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics, brings together field practitioners of molecular epidemiology, molecular evolutionists, population geneticists, medical researchers, bioinformaticians, statisticians and computer scientists interested in the latest developments in algorithms, mining, visualization, modeling, simulation and other methods of computational, statistical and mathematical analysis of genetic and molecular data in the epidemiological context. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of viral populations
  • Computational support for disease surveillance
  • Identification of pathogen transmission events
  • Transmission networks
  • Pathogen evolution
  • Identification of novel markers of disease
  • Population dynamics and drug-resistance

For more details see the workshop website at http://alan.cs.gsu.edu/came17/.

Ovarian cancer vaccine trial begins recruiting

UConn Health has started recruiting ovarian cancer patients for a phase I clinical trial of OncoImmunome, a novel genomics-driven personalized immunotherapy. Women diagnosed with stage III or IV ovarian cancer who undergo traditional surgery and chemotherapy will then receive monthly injections with personalized vaccines consisting of tumor-specific neo-epitopes identified from next-generation sequencing of patients’ tumor DNA and RNA using a bioinformatics pipeline that extends our prior work published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.

For more details see http://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/recruitment-begins-worlds-first-ovarian-cancer-vaccine-trial/.

Tyler receives Goldwater scholarship


Tyler received the Barry Goldwater scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. For the 2017-2018 academic year, 240 Goldwater Scholars were selected from students nominated by 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

For more details see this UConn Today article.