February 2022 QCB Newsletter

Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology

Computational Biology Symposium, May 19-21, 2022

We are excited to announce a celebration of 40 years of Computational Biology at USC, the 80th birthday of our founder, University Professor Emeritus Michael S. Waterman, and USC’s newest academic department, the Department of Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB). Find all the details at https://www.qcb-dornsife.usc.edu/qcb40.

Register now if you want to be part of the symposium, which will be a RECOMB 2022 satellite. There will be no walk ins possible. Available seats will be limited. Register at https://dtspayment.usc.edu/OnlinePayment/qbio/registration.cfm.

Remo Rohs, Ph.D.

QCB Department Chair

Computational Biology Symposium on May 19-21, 2022

QBIO Undergraduate Students

QBIO Alumna, Yijun (Angelina) Shao, published a paper with Dr. Myron Goodman in Nucleic Acids Research where they mapped gDNA gap locations, sizes, and distributions in Escherichia coli for cells grown in mid-log phase in the presence and absence of UV irradiation, and in stationary phase cells. (See article here)

QBIO student and member of the Dr. Serghei Mangul lab, Dottie Yu, attended the Rocky Conference in December 2021 where she presented a poster on her current project titled "Rigorous Benchmarking of HLA Callers for RNA Sequencing data."

QBIO Faculty and Staff worked the Dornsife Major and Minor Fair to answer questions from potential students.

QCB Faculty and CBB Graduate Students

CBB student and member of Dr. Peter Kuhn's lab, Joe Larsen, published a paper "Modeling the onset of symptoms of COVID-19: Effects of SARS-CoV-2 variant" in PLOS Computational Biology. (See article here)

USC Dornsife announced our new QCB faculty member, Dr. Jazlyn Mooney, and also Dr. Laura Melissa Guzman who will interact closely with QCB. (See article here)

Dr. Stacey Finley was highlighted as a Mathematically, Gifted and Black's 2022 Honoree. (See article here)

QCB Book Club

Featuring Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven Strogatz, this book club will convene once a month to discuss established paradigms and analytic techniques in mathematical modeling, and showcase recent development in methods and applications in addressing key biological questions. Next meeting, Thursday February 17, 2022 11 a.m.-12 p.m., RRI 421 and zoom. All are welcome!

Departmental Seminars

We are excited to return to in-person seminars: Dr. Laura Melissa Guzman, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California "Using occupancy-detection models to analyze historical data, a case study of bumble bees in North America." March 3, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m., RRI 101 Dr. Srinivas Aluru, Professor, School of Computational Science and Engineering within the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology "Genome graphs: Models, Algorithms, and Applications." March 10, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m., RRI 101 Dr. Brnilda Balliu, Computational Medicine Fellow, Department of Computational Medicine, UCLA "Fast and powerful context-dependent eQTL mapping improves functional contextualization of genetic variation." March 24, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m., RRI 101

Dr. Zach Szpiech, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Penn State University "Selection, bottlenecks, and complex traits through the lens of haplotype homozygosity" March 31, 2022, 2:00-3:00 p.m., RRI 101

Postdoctoral Positions Open

The Edge Lab is accepting postdoctoral applications in evolutionary genetics (https://edgepopgen.github.io/edgelab/vacancies) Postdoctoral positions in 3D genome biology are open in the Fudenberg Research Group (https://fudenberg.team) The Katritch Lab is accepting postdoctoral applications in structural bioinformatics and drug discovery (https://katritch.usc.edu/)

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