Computational Metagenomics on the Species Level

After Dr. Can’s (METU, Ankara – Turkey) talk, our next guest was from Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. Dr. Bernhard Y Renard heads the bioinformatics research group at Robert Koch Institute, the German national institute for infectious disease in Berlin, Germany and is an adjunct senior lecturer (Privatdozent) at the department of mathematics and computer science at Freie Universität Berlin.

Dr. Renard’s talk was on computational metagenomics on the species level. You can find the recording of the webinar here on our community page and here on youtube.

My highlight from this presentation is that metagenomics has a whole new set of constraints with data analysis. I could not capture a saying from this one 🙂 but I can say that I am far more interested in computational metagenomics than ever before.

Dr. Renard mentioned to be very happy to meet us and appreciated the project. Participants were also eager to have the slides 🙂

Hope to see Dr. Renard as a guest again in the future!

Reconstruction of Signaling Network Topology from Steady State and Dynamic Perturbation Data

The first webinar of BioInfoNet series was given by Dr. Tolga Can from METU (Middle East Technical University), Ankara, Turkey. METU is one of the oldest, biggest and best universities in Turkey. Dr. Can has a bioinformatics lab. in the Computer Science Department.

His talk was on reconstruction of signaling networks from steady state perturbation data. You can find the recording of the webinar here on our community page and here on youtube.

My take-home message from this webinar (apart from the scientific part) is Dr. Can’s these words: “As computer scientists we do not say “OK this is a very difficult problem, we can not do that”. We offer a solution.”. This was something I have “noticed” before but never mentioned aloud as a statistician. When Dr. Can solidly stated this, I got it. Eventhough this was a statement about methodology, this sentence is now like a saying to me and I am trying to apply this insight to my everyday work.

Dr. Can and all participants mentioned that they enjoyed the webinar. Hope to see Dr. Can as a guest for many times in the future!

Celebrating the BioInfoNet Project!

I met ISCB RSG Turkey guys in 2011 in the first student symposium which was held as a satellite meeting with HiBiT. I was working in a de novo genome project and it was my first time talking about a serious project as a graduate student at a symposium. Many of you can picture my anxiety. But things got better immediately: I met colleagues from Turkey!

Some of you may have difficulty understanding why it would be “that” important and pleasing to meet colleagues. Well…

If you live and study in a developing country and you are, almost, trying to study in a new research area, here’s your life’s new soundtrack: “All by myself”. Every single living thing in life needs a proper environment to become something. So, like a plant needs soil, water and light, becoming a scientist requires scientific environment.

So, as a living organism, I made colleague-taxis and became a part of the group. Then we found out that we needed another taxis movement towards real scientific talk. With this need, BioInfoNet Project was born. We wrote a proposal to the ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) Student Council. They kindly supported us and here we are.

Today, as a student group, we have reach to roughly 250 people all around the world (and it is increasing). We have completed two beautiful webinars given by top notch researchers, which we were really pleased to participate. We are planning ahead for a student symposium and many more webinars.

We will make new taxis movements whenever needed. Join us. Communities are good :o)

RSG-Turkey is a member of The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) Student Council (SC) Regional Student Groups (RSG). We are a non-profit community composed of early career researchers interested in computational biology and bioinformatics.


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