A Brief Overview of Computational Biology: from Genomics to Algorithms in Nature

Event Description

Department of Biomedical Engineering organized a technical seminar titled, “A Brief Overview of Computational Biology: from Genomics to Algorithms in Nature” on 6th Dec 2017. The talk was presented by Sabrina Rashid, PhD candidate, Department of Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA. During the talk, she talked about the different fields of computational biology and the recent trends in research in these fields. She also discussed a couple of her recent research projects involving developing algorithms to explain how bacterial cells collectively search for food in harsh environments using extremely limited communication and modeling of single-cell RNA-seq gene expression data to discover regulatory behavior and cellular heterogeneity from developmental and cancer datasets.

Sabrina Rashid is a Ph.D. student in the Computational Biology Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) School of Computer Science, where she belongs to the Systems Biology Group. Her research focuses on single-cell RNA-Seq data analysis and computational modeling of bacteria swarm behavior. Sabrina spent the summer of 2017 as an intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond. She is currently a student fellow of Center for Machine Learning and Health (CMLH) at CMU. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2011 and her master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2013.