Loyola University Chicago



Bioinformatics Seminar Spring 2023 Schedule

Seminar Speakers:

January 19th, 2023: Student Introductions
January 26th, 2023: Nick Miller (NorthShore University Health System): "Flype and Bioinformatics at Northshore."

Nick Miller graduated from Loyola with two bachelor's degrees in Biology and Bioinformatics in 2015 and graduated with his Masters in Computer Science in 2016. Nick has worked at NorthShore University Healthcare System on the FLYPE Bioinformatics platform since 2017. In 2021 he was promoted to Associate Director of Bioinformatics and continues to direct the FLYPE program. When not working Nick spends his time trying to keep up with his 2 dogs and 9 month old daughter.

February 2nd, 2023: Mary Makarious (NIH and University College London): "From Data to Insights: The Role of Bioinformatics in Parkinson's Research."

Mary Makarious graduated from Loyola in 2018 with degrees in Bioinformatics, Biology, and Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience. Since then, she has been working at the Laboratory of Neurogenetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University College London and the NIH and serves as the co-lead for the Data and Code Dissemination group at the Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program. Her research uses machine learning, data science, and bioinformatic techniques on large datasets to study the risk and progression of Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. She is particularly passionate about serving underrepresented populations in science, training and mentorship, and open science initiatives.

February 9th, 2023: Dr. Ran Blekhman (University of Chicago): "Functional Genomics of Host-Microbiome Interactions."

Ran Blekhman studies the human microbiome—the collection of all microbes that live in and on the human body—and how these microbes interact with our own genome and genes. His laboratory uses high-throughput genomics technologies and employs computational, statistical, machine learning, and population genetic analytical approaches, with the goal of understanding how we interact with our microbial communities, how host-microbe interactions affect human disease, and how the symbiosis between us and our microbiome evolved. His research has been published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, Nature Microbiology, PLOS Biology, Science, Cell, and eLife, among other journals. He was named a Sloan Research Fellow in the field of computational and evolutionary molecular biology, and a Scialog: Microbiome, Neurobiology, and Disease Fellow. Dr. Blekhman studied biology and computer science at Tel Aviv University and holds a PhD in human genetics from the University of Chicago. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University, and was faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where he was awarded a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship and recognized with a Northrop Professorship. In 2022, Dr. Blekhman moved to the University of Chicago, where he is an Associate Professor in the Section of Genetic Medicine.

February 16th, 2023: Jessica Mattick (PacBio)
February 23rd, 2023: Dr. Amie Settlecowski (Field Museum)
March 2nd, 2023: Dr. Chris Marshall (Marquette University)
March 16th, 2023: Dr. Sabrina Absalon (Indiana University)
March 23rd, 2023: Dr. Justin Podowski (Argonne National Lab)
March 30th, 2023: Dr. Krystal Thomas-White (Evvy)
April 13th, 2023: Dr. Stepfanie Aguillon (Stanford University)

April 20th, 2023: MS Student Internship Presentations                                                                                                                                                                      April 27th, 2023: Dr. Chris Oakley (Purdue University)