Related to the work we presented at ISMB last year, our new work on making a new hashing scheme that improves on Jaccard and Hamming distances for searching large sequences was recently conditionally accepted to ISMB/ECCB 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. This is work with Guillaume Marçais, Carl Kingsford, and Prashant Pandey. A preprint of the manuscript is on bioRxiv (see Publications).
Our editorial describing the symposia that were hosted by the ISCB Student Council over 2018 calendar year was recently published in F1000 Research. I am proud to say this is the first year I attended 2 out of the 3. While I was not a primary organizer for any of the events, all three were well received and the symposia chairs, the committee members, and all of the attendees are to thank.
With the publication of this article I am also ending my tenure on the ISCB-SC Executive Team, which has been a great experience.
Soon after joining the Kingsford group I began talking with Guillaume Marçais about his work on minimizer schemes. This year I contributed to the most recent publication in this line of work which describes the asymptotic bounds for the densities of these schemes. This work was accepted for presentation at ISMB 2018 in Chicago, IL. A preprint of the manuscript is on bioRxiv (see Publications).
The ISCB-SC Education and Internships committee do great work including running the internships program. Each year the EIC matches students in developing countries with willing labs in Europe or Australia. With the introduction of the Anna Tramontano fellowship they will start to have the financial support needed to increase this program. The paper we published in PLOS Computational Biology describes the program but the committee is happy to answer any questions. Also if you have room in your laboratory for an intern, the program is always looking for willing PIs.
Student Council Symposium-Africa 2017
Every other year the ISCB-SC runs four Student Council Symposia, US (co-located with ISMB), Europe (co-located with ECCB), Latin America (co-located with ISCB-LA) and most recently Africa (co-located with ISCB-Africa). I had the pleasure of helping to organize this year’s SCS-Africa meeting. The symposium was a great success and details about the talks held can be found in the conference highlights that we published in F1000Research.