Student Council Symposium 2014

The Student Council Symposium is a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work to an international audience, build a network within the computational biology community and develop important soft skills in an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Key Dates

February 9, 2014

Symposium Submission

April 18, 2014

Symposium Submission

April 25, 2014

Symposium Submission
Acceptance Notifications

May 2, 2014

Student Council Travel
Fellowship Deadline

May 30, 2014

Late Poster
Submission Deadline

June 3, 2014

Late Poster
Acceptance Notification

June 4, 2014

Travel Fellowship
Acceptance Notifications

July 11, 2014

Student Council Symposium

Second Keynote Announced

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ashlee Earl is the second keynote for SCS2014! Dr. Earl is a Research Scientist and Group Leader of Bacterial Genomics at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard.  She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University and postdoctoral training from Harvard Medical School with Dr. Roberto Kolter.  Having combined genomics and experimental data throughout her studies of bacterial evolution and physiology, Dr. Earl joined the Broad Institute to more directly apply genomics to the improvement of human health.  

At Broad, Dr. Earl has led development and analytical efforts for a portfolio of large, collaborative bacterial genomics projects associated with the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), and the NIAID-funded Genome Sequencing Center for Infectious Disease (GSCID).  She chaired the Single Cell and Reference Genome Working Groups for the HMP, and led the comparative analysis and publication that established priorities for selecting the "most wanted bacteria" from the human body for sequencing.  For GSCID, Dr. Earl oversees more than a dozen projects that involve methods development, sequencing, and analysis of over 10,000 bacterial isolates. These projects include the EnteroGenome Project, to understand the emergence of multiple drug resistance within enterococci by sequencing and analyzing 400 commensal and hospital-adapted strains, and the Tuberculosis Antibiotic Resistance Catalog Project, to describe the genetics of drug resistance from sequencing and analyzing over 2,000 globally-acquired strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Dr. Earl, together with her team of computational scientists, anticipate that these analyses will lead to major advances in health. 


First keynote speaker confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Bartel is the first confirmed keynote for our symposium! Dr Bartel is a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Member of the Whitehead Institute, Molecular Biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He received his Ph.D.  Virology from Harvard University working with Dr Jack Szostak. Dr. Bartel's research focuses non-coding RNA using evolutionary/computational analyses, high-throughput molecular measurements, detailed biochemical analyses, and phenotypic analyses Learn more about Dr. Bartel here.


Chair and Co-Chair announced

Farzana Rahman (University of South Wales, UK) and Tomas Di Domenico (University of Padova, Italy) will chair and co-chair this years student council symposium. Announcements will be made soon regarding the rest of the organizing committee, as well as submission and registration information.