Genomics and Microbiome, Interconnections to Health and Obesity Studies

Speakers: Dr. Beatriz Penalver Bernabe, Postdoctoral Researcher, Surgery Department
Cesar Cardona, PhD Candidate, Biophysical Sciences Program
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Location: KCBD 1103 (first floor auditorium)


A collaboration between the CRI and the Graham School Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics, the Computational Life Sciences Seminar Series (CLSSS) was launched in October 2017.

This seminar series highlights research in the fields of bioinformatics and computational life sciences, fosters collaborations, and provides a broad audience for feedback on current research. The format is flexible (e.g., standard seminars, lightning talks, etc.) and open to faculty, students, and researchers throughout the University of Chicago community.

We welcome your thoughts and feedback as we develop and grow this series.


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November 15, 2017
A Data Management System for X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM) Datasets: Applications for Biomechanics, Neuromechanics and Orthopedics Research
Presented by Richard Williams IV, Ph.D., Application Developer/Computational Scientist, Research Computing Center (RCC)

Explore the archiving, analysis, and publication of X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM) datasets with the XROMM Data Management (XDM) system developed by the Research Computing Center. The XDM system packages study/trial data and metadata collected at the XROMM facility, transfers the data to the Midway high performance computing cluster for analyses and long-term storage, and allows the study/trial data to be accessible via a searchable web interface, the XMA Portal. The power and promise of XROMM is demonstrated by biological research on a range of projects, including jaw kinematics during feeding in fish, pigs, and ducks, rib kinematics of breathing in lizards, limb kinematics of locomotion in humans, pigs, dogs, birds and bats, and muscle architecture dynamics in rats, turkeys, fish and birds. Join us and learn about opportunities for using the University of Chicago XROMM core facility.

October 18, 2017
Environmental and Clinical Data Commons Initiatives at UChicago: Overviews, Demos, and Opportunities
Presented by Michael Fitzsimons, PhD, Director of User Services, Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) and Zac Flamig, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, CDIS

Currently, there is a large amount of data available to researchers across a spectrum of disciplines. However, accessing and standardizing these data are a challenge and serve as an impediment to research. The University of Chicago is involved in several initiatives to build harmonized data commons that greatly improve the ability of the research community to utilize “Big Data”. The speakers will showcase some of these initiatives involving both clinical/genomics data (e.g., Genomic Data Commons) and environmental data (e.g., OCC Environmental Data Commons). Come learn about opportunities to utilize these data in your own research and/or develop software that interacts with the commons framework.

Download the presentations:
CDIS Biomedical Data Commons
Open Commons Consortium Environmental Data Commons