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Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group Meetings

VanBUG kicks off its 12th season next Thursday, September 12 at 6pm with Dr Chris Hogue from Joyent Inc. Chris is a multi-talented computational biologist specialized in mechanobiology and protein biochemistry. He supervised the creation of one of the first and largest bimolecular interaction databases (BIND) when he was a faculty member at University of Toronto. Since moving to National University of Singapore as a founding member of the Mechanobiology Institute of Singapore, he continued to innovate by taking a systems approach to understand the basis of mechanobiological function at the molecular level. Major contributions include elucidating the mechanical relationship between ATPases and hexametric helicases, the mechanical origin of ribosomal protein synthesis, and the mechanical transitions of a protein domain classed called "scaffold-style domains". His newest adventure took him to Joyent, a high performance cloud infrastructure company as the senior director of technical product marketing.

Chris is a long time friend of VanBUG and it is our great pleasure to have him kicking off the 12th VanBUG Season for us. His expertise in large scale computing and data analysis fits well with this year's VanBUG theme on "Big Data and Systems Biology". With an increasing emphasis on high throughput and systems approaches to study biological phenomena, analyzing big datasets is becoming an essential skill for budding and practicing bioinformaticians alike. The other confirmed speakers and dates are as follow:

Sept 12th, 2013 - Chris Hogue, Senior Director, Joyent Inc.
Oct 10th, 2013 - Gary Van Domselaar, Chief of Bioinformatics, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada
Nov 14th, 2013 - Ryan Morin, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University
Dec13th, 2013 - Social event
Feb 6th, 2014 - Gene Myers, Director, MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
March 13th, 2014 - TBD
April 10th, 2014 - Dana Pe'er, Associate Professor, Columbia University
May 1st, 2014 (TBD) - Martin Kryzywinski, Scientist, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre

Seminar is followed by complementary pizza, refreshments and great networking.
For updates on seminar topics and abstracts, please check out our website at

Please note:
Trainees are invited to meet with the VanBUG speaker for open discussion
of both science and career paths. This takes place 4:30-5:30pm in either
the Boardroom or Lunchroom on the ground floor of the BCCRC

675 West 10th Avenue
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre
BC Cancer Agency

See above for this year's dates
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM (followed by pizza and drinks)

Contact Name:
William Hsiao

The VanBUG team:
Cedric Chauve
Bhavjinder Dhillon
Rodrigo Goya
William Hsiao
Kieran O'Neill
Raunak Shrestha
Shing Hei Zhan

VanBUG is generously sponsored by the CIHR Bioinformatics Training
Program, MITACS, GenomeBC, and the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops

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