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New journal article describes identifying emerging phenomenon from experiments

Sep 06, 2019

A new journal article, Identifying emerging phenomenon in long temporal phenotyping experiments, from Dr. Chen's group describes an algorithm to identify emerging phenomemna, i.e., a group of genotypes who exhibit a coherent phenotype pattern during a relatively short time period, from from large-scale temporal plant phenotyping experiments.  The paper was published in Bioinformatics, a leading journal in the field.

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Informatics framework for graphics libraries presented at ontology conference

Jul 31, 2019

Work by Melissa Clarkson and Steve Roggenkamp presented at the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology.

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Two papers accepted by computer vision conference

Apr 08, 2019

Two papers from the BMI Associate Professor Qiang Cheng's group have been accepted by IEEE CVPR2019, June 16th - 20th 2019, the premier annual computer vision conference.

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Kavuluru named to editorial board of Journal of Biomedical Informatics

Feb 28, 2019

Rama Kavuluru, PhD, has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, a journal devoted to publishing new biomedical informatics methodologies.

IBI members to present at AMIA Annual Symposium

Sep 02, 2018

The AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium will be held in San Francisco, November 3–7. Accepted work from IBI members will be presented as oral presentations, system demonstrations, posters, and in pre-symposium working groups.

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IBI faculty members receive NIH and NSF awards

Aug 23, 2018

IBI faculty members recently received two grants from the National Cancer Institute and the National Science Foundation.

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Transforming Ontologies into Nested Facet Systems

GQ Zhang PhD

Sep 19, 2019|12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

130 University Health Services Building

Irrespective of data size and complexity, query and exploration tools for accessing data resources remain a central linkage for human-data interaction. A fundamental barrier in making query interfaces easier to use,ultimately as easy as online shopping, is the lack of faceted, interactive capabilities. We propose to repurpose existing ontologies by transforming them into nested facet systems (NFS) to support human-data interaction. Two basic issues need to be addressed for this to happen: one is that the structure and quality of ontologies need to be examined and elevated for the purpose of NFS; the second is that mappings from data-source specific metadata to a corresponding NFS need to be developed to support this new generation of NFS-enabled web-interfaces. The purpose of this presentation is to motivate the concept of NFS, provide a preliminary order-theoretic formulation for NFS, and suggest topics for further investigation.

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Bacterial Outer Membranes and Interactions with Membrane Proteins

Wonpil Im PhD

Sep 05, 2019|12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

130 University Health Services Building (Pizza & drinks served at 12:20)

The outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria is a unique asymmetric membrane bilayer that is composed of phospholipids in the inner leaflet and lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in the outer leaflet. Its function as a selective barrier is crucial for the survival of bacteria in many distinct environments, and it also renders gram-negative bacteria more resistant to antibiotics than their gram-positive counterparts. LPS comprises three regions: lipid A, core oligosaccharide, and O-antigen polysaccharide. In this talk, I will present our ongoing efforts to understanding various bacterial outer membranes and their interactions with outer membrane proteins. In addition, I will also present other research projects in my lab, such as the CHARMM-GUI development, a local structure-centric bioinformatics for drug development, and structure.

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Mining electronic health records narratives for clinical research: The case of lifestyle modification

Eneida A. Mendonca MD, PhD, FAAP, FACMI

Jan 09, 2019|12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

University Health Services (UHS), room 130

This talk will address the importance of assessing lifestyle modification and behavior, and the challenges of using EHR data to identify lifestyle modifications and behavior in clinical narratives. Registration is required by January 8.

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