LSU Computational Biology Seminar Series for Undergraduates

Sponsored by the LSU College of Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Center for Computation & Technology and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network

About the Series

The primary goal for the seminar series is to increase student awareness of the importance of computational approaches to modern biological research. Traditional biology majors may receive no exposure to computational techniques, yet such skills are fast becoming de facto requirements for many careers in the life sciences. Conversely, majors in computational disciplines may receive little or no exposure to modern biological research that would make them aware of the pressing biological problems to which their skills could be applied. We hope that this seminar series...

  1. Encourages students to take classes, do research, and seek out resources that allow them to cross the boundaries between biology and computation
  2. Raises awareness of the computational biology research being done at LSU and around Louisiana
  3. Encourages biology students to consider careers that leverage computational methods
  4. Encourages students in computational disciplines to consider careers in biological research.

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Emily Jane McTavish

Title: Interrogating, calibrating, and integrating phylogenetic estimates

Date: February 21, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Date: March 29, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Date: April 18, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Multiple Speakers - listed below

Date: November 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101


Wei Feinstein

Title: If not one, then take two steps.
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Genevieve Mount

Title: Snake Sisters: how I use genes, models, and morphology to understand what we know about squamate evolution.
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Lana Thaljeh

Title: Targeting Virus DNA-packaging Motor
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Wayne Newhauser

Title: The intersection of biology and physics in human oncology.

Date: October 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Rebecca Christofferson

Title: Using quantitative methods to answer biological questions

Date: September 14, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Multiple Speakers - listed below

Date: April 26, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101


Matthew C Johnson

Title: A Survey of the SMR Gene Family in the Plant Kingdom, Using a Motif Oriented Search Tool

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Lyndon M Coghill

Title: Divide and Conquer: one computational approach to solving the greatest challenge in evolutionary biology

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Michael Henson

Title: From Big Boats to Row Boats: Utilizing Human Powered Row Boats to Sample the Mississippi River

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Brian D. Marx

Title: A refreshing look at the binomial cornerstone to computational biology

Date: April 6, 2016 - 5:00 PM (new date!)

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Michael Behnke

Title: Amplified Virulence Determinants in the Worlds Most Gregarious Parasite

Date: February 11, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Sam Scarpino

Evolution and the Emergence of Novel Pathogens

Date: November 12, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Francisco Hung

Title: Hydrophobins encapsulating gases, organic molecules and polymers: What can we learn from molecular simulations?

Date: October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Greg Pauly

Smart-phones solving the urban biodiversity data crisis: An example from the Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California citizen science project.

Date: September 10, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

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Jerome Baudry

What’s up doc(k)?

Date: April 22, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Xin "Shane" Li

Geometric Data Matching for Computational Forensics and Biomedical Imaging

Date: March 26, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Karen Cranston

Open Science, evolutionary informatics and the tree of life

Date: February 26, 2015 - 5:30 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Stephanie Hicks

Why Statistics Matters in the Analysis of Genomics Data

Date: February 11, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Brygg Ullmer

Toward computational genomics support via ecologies of tangible interfaces and interactive supercomputing

Date: December 2, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Erick Matsen

Physics is to calculus as computational biology is to what?

Date: November 11, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Brant Faircloth

How in the world did I get here? From the field to the computer and back again.

Date: October 14, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Robert Panoff

Computational Thinking in Biology: The Power and the Peril

Date: September 09, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Beibei Guo

A Bayesian Dose-schedule-finding Design for phase I/II Clinical Trials

Date: April 23, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Affiliation: LSU Department of Experimental Statistics

Carmen Canavier

Neuronal Oscillators and Synchronous Gamma (40 Hz) Rhythms in the Brain

Date: March 19, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Affiliation: LSUHSC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy

Dorel Moldovan

Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of Surface and Interfacial Phenomena in Biomolecular Systems

Date: January 22, 2014 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Affiliation: LSU Department of Mechanical Engineering

Cameron Thrash

We’re not in a petri-dish anymore: pulling back the curtain on microbial genomics using cultivation-independent techniques

Date: December 2nd, 2013 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Maheshi Dassanayake

Putting Together Genomic Jigsaw Puzzles and Decoding the Messages in a Genome

Date: November 4, 2013 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Michal Brylinski

Computational biology, drug discovery and Xbox 360

Date: October 7, 2013 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101

Jeremy Brown

Models, Genomes, and Trees: Computational Inferences of Evolutionary History

Date: September 09, 2013 - 05:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Building Annex A101