Report about the 11th Israeli Bioinformatics Symposium, May 2015The 17th Israeli Bioinformatics Symposium, the annual meeting of the Israeli Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ISBCB), was held on May 26th, 2015, at Tel Aviv University (TAU). Approximately 300 people attended the meeting, which was chaired by Tal Pupko of TAU.
Jens Lagergren of KTH Royal Institute of Technology gave the opening keynote presentation: "The species-tree aware approach in phylogenomics." Ruth Nussinov of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health received a a special Life Time Award in tribute to her seminal contributions to bioinformatics research.
The conference continued its tradition of introducing new faculty to the local community. This year's roster included Igor Ulitsky of Weizmann Institute for Science, Shiri Freilich of Volcani center, Einat Hazkani-Covo of The Open University, Julia Shifman from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Eyal Privman and Mor Peleg from Haifa University.
Prizes were awarded for the three best student posters of the 53 that were exhibited:
- Naama Hurwitz (a Safra best poster award): An Integrated Suite for Membrane Protein Docking
- Dvir Netanely (a Safra best poster): Identification of Breast Cancer Subtypes Using High-Throughput Genomic Data
- Asaf Peer (a best poster award provided by the family of Eran Cohen): Transcriptome-wide Mapping of Small RNA-Target Interactions in Bacteria