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Conference on Biology and Bioinformatics

Conference on Biology and Bioinformatics

Event Date: April 5 - 6, 2019

Deadline: Deadline extended March 22nd Friday (oral abstracts), All other Deadlines extended March 24th (poster, hotel, registrations).

Location: LSU Digital Media Center

Registration Information


2019 7th Annual Louisiana Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Flier (2019-02-26)The 7th Annual Louisiana Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics will be held on April 5 - 6, 2019 at the LSU Digital Media Center. The conference is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network (LBRN), the LSU-Tulane Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR), LSU Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) and the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). The conference aims to expose Louisiana to the cutting edge of Computational Biology, Bioinformatics Research and Applications while also providing a platform for exchange of information and technical knowledge among Louisiana-based scientists involved in different aspects of computational biology & bioinformatics.

Conference Flier PDF (updated 2019.02.26)

Conference Schedule:

  • April 5th, Friday from 12:50pm to 9pm
  • April 6th, Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm

Conference Program:

Download the 2019 Digital Conference Program 2019 LA Conf Bioinformatics Program.pdf (2019.04.05)


Download the 2019 Conference Agenda 2019 LA Conf Bioinformatics Agenda.pdf (2019.04.01)

The 7th Annual Louisiana Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Conference Agenda, updated April 1, 2019

The 7th Annual Louisiana Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is an ISCB Affiliated Conference.


We encourage attendees to consider joining the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) (click here to become a member)

Keynote Speakers

Elodie Ghedin, PhD

Elodie Ghedin, PhD

New York University

Director of Center for Genomics and System Biology

Area: Viral Evolution, Genomics, and Molecular Virology

Devin Absher, PhD

Devin Absher, PhD

Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology

Faculty Investigator

Area: Epigenomic analysis of complex human traits and diseases

Byoung-Do (BD) Kim, PhD

Byoung-Do (BD) Kim, PhD

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Director of Research Computing

Area: Research Computing, HPC, and Cloud Computing

Michael Robeson, PhD

Michael Robeson, PhD

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Area: Human Microbiome, QIIME Development

Ying Xu, PhD

Ying Xu, PhD

University of Georgia

Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Area: Cancer Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Jeremy Brown, PhD

Jeremy Brown, PhD

Louisiana State University

Associate Professor of Computational Evolutionary Biology

Area: Phylogenetics and Molecular Evolution

Isidore Rigoutsos, PhD

Isidore Rigoutsos, PhD

Thomas Jefferson University

Director of the Computational Medicine Center, Professor

Area: Health Disparities

Hanoch Kaphzan, MD PhD

Hanoch Kaphzan, MD PhD

University of Haifa

Principal Investigator, Faculty member

Area: Computational Neurobiology

When & Where

This year's conference is being held on April 5 - 6, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the LSU Digital Media Center.


340 E Parker Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70803


  • Registration: Deadline extended March 22nd Friday (oral abstracts), All other Deadlines extended March 24th (poster, hotel, registrations).
  • Presentation & Oral Abstracts: Deadline extended March 22nd Friday (oral abstracts), All other Deadlines extended March 24th (poster, hotel, registrations).

Directions and parking

Directions to the 2019 Conference - the conference is being held within the LSU Digital Media Center. When you enter the building (follow the signs when you approach the building to the front door, there is a round reception desk, go to the right down the hall to the conference room. There are restrooms nearby. Baton Rouge Traffic is notoriously difficult in the morning across the I-10 Mississippi bridge if you're coming from the north, actually taking the old bridge is a viable alternative. Coming from New Orleans or I-12, we recommend taking the Acadian Exit to go down Stanford and then by the lakes, and then turning left in front of the LSU Emerging Tech Center and then right into the Parking Lot for CCT. Be sure NOT to park in any red marked lots, the regular spaces are fine.

Do NOT Park on lake side of building. Please park on the opposite (non-lake) side of the building. You will receive a parking permit by email or be given one at the conference registration. They will give you a tag to place in your vehicle so you won’t get towed or ticketed.

Lodging & Expenses

After registering for the workshop, you will receive a confirmation with additional information regarding how to book your lodging.

Confirm your participation in 7th Annual LA Conference on Computational Biology & Bioinformatics by registering. Registration is required to participate in the program, obtain hotel lodging if needed, provide meeting space, materials, food and beverage at all the planned functions. Hotel reservation information and abstract submission forms for the Poster and Oral presentations will be provided with your online event registration. We look forward to your participation at the meeting!

This year’s event is being held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the LSU Digital Media Center.

If for any reason that you need to cancel your registration or if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Alexis White,

Hotel Reservation is indicated with your online event registration. Do not book your hotel directly through Marriott. Please register for the conference and use the link in your confirmation email to reserve a room.

Covered Expenses

As in previous years, participation (including travel and lodging) will be supported for LBRN faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and core members. Other organization members should contact their organization regarding expenses.

For faculty, students, and anyone living in the Baton Rouge area:

No reimbursement for hotel or mileage.

For LBRN participants and students:

If driving personal vehicle:

Provide time/date leaving and returning to your residence/school. Also provide odometer beginning/end or mileage map calculation for mileage justification for a mileage reimbursement at 53 cents per mile. Note: Mileage reimbursement not to exceed a maximum of 200 miles (total round trip mileage). If you are going to be driving more than 100 miles you may want to consider renting a vehicle.

If driving a university owned vehicle:

Please follow department's policies and procedures. If an account code is required, please contact Ms. Alexis White at

If renting a vehicle:

First send Ms. Alexis White,, an email for request for vehicle rental for travel reimbursement purposes. Then contact your travel agent or Enterprise Rent-A-Car for vehicle rental and have it charged to your personal credit card. Insurance is not reimbursable for domestic travel. Keep all your receipts along with gas receipts for travel reimbursements request. Please use the state contracted rates for Enterprise.

— Vehicle Rental Size

Only the cost of rental of compact or mid-size/intermediate model is reimbursable, unless 1) non-availability is documented, 2) the vehicle will be used to transport more than two individuals.

— Gasoline (receipts required)

Reimbursements require a receipt for regular unleaded gasoline, or diesel when applicable only to the driver renting the vehicle.

— Insurance for Vehicle Rentals

Insurance billed by vehicle rental companies (i.e., CDW or LDW) is not reimbursable for domestic travel.

* Personal Accident Insurance, Supplemental Liability Protection and Roadside Assistance is not reimbursable.

For graduate and undergraduate students to qualify for reimbursement, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must present a poster
  • If not presenting, must be listed on the research of someone presenting
  • Must be previously funded by LBRN Summer Program
  • Must attend one of the PUI campuses below and have approval by the LBRN Steering Committee member at the corresponding institution
    • Grambling State University: Dr. Connie Walton
    • Louisiana State University Shreveport: Dr. Urska Cvek
    • Louisiana Tech: Dr. Bill Campbell
    • Southeastern Louisiana University: Dr. Dan McCarthy
    • Southern University of Baton Rouge: Dr. Patrick Mensah
    • University of Louisiana Monroe: Dr. Ann Findley
    • Xavier University: Dr. Tom Wiese

For LSU-Shreveport employees:

If you're an LSU-Shreveport Workday employee, you should complete a spend authorization. All expenses should be charged to LSUS. Once paid, you are only authorized to charge 200 miles to LBRN or a rental car and gas receipts using the Enterprise state contract. You are also allowed to charge lodging and applicable city and hotel taxes. Please ensure you submit a tax exempt form for lodging at check in. If you or your business office has questions, you can contact Ms. Alexis White at or Dr. Urska Cvek, at LSUS.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Alexis White,

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