2019 Midwest Computational Biology Workshop @ TTIC

September 12-13, 2019

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

6045 S. Kenwood Ave, Chicago, IL

The 2019 Midwest Computational Biology Workshop (September 12-13 @ Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago) will explore emerging topics in the field of computational biology, covering a spectrum of algorithmic and machine learning challenges to address biological questions. The workshop will bring together a wide range of participants from different backgrounds and positions and also aims to initiate new interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations. This workshop is part of the 2019 TTI-Chicago Summer Workshop Program. Additional funding has been graciously provided by the National Center for Brain Mapping (NCBM).


Registration is free but limited by seating capacity. Please register using this form.

Sessions and Confirmed Speakers

  • Protein Structure

Michael Feig, Michigan State University

Ivan Anishchenko, University of Washington

Tristan Bepler, MIT

Alex Rives, New York University

  • Cancer Genomics & Computational Immunology

Jonathan Carlson, Microsoft Research

Cenk Sahinalp, National Cancer Institute

Kenneth Hoehn, Yale University

Alex Rubinsteyn, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Brain Connectomics

Viren Jain, Google. High-throughput synapse-resolution connectomics in fly, bird, and human brains.

Olaf Sporns, Indiana University. Network models of brain structure and function.

Narayanan "Bobby" Kasthuri, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory.

Sarah Muldoon, University at Buffalo. Exploring individual differences through personalized brain network models.

  • Metagenomics and Microbiome

Yuzhen Ye, Indiana University. Computational methods for microbiome-based discovery and application of CRISPR-Cas systems.

Fiona Brinkman, Simon Fraser University. The power, the promise - and the pitfalls - of microbiome analyses.


  • Michael Yu, TTIC
  • Aly Khan, TTIC
  • Jinbo Xu, TTIC

Workshop Schedule (Tentative)

Thursday, September 12

8:15-8:55: Breakfast

8:55-9:00: 5 min welcome speech

9:00-9:45: Metagenomics & Microbiome, Talk 1

9:45-10:30: Metagenomics & Microbiome, Talk 2

10:30-10:45: Snacks and Coffee Break

10:45-11:30: Metagenomics & Microbiome, Talk 3

11:30-12:15: Metagenomics & Microbiome, Talk 4

12:15-1:15: Lunch

1:15-2:00: Cancer Genomics &Computational Immunology, Talk 1

2:00-2:45: Cancer Genomics & Computational Immunology, Talk 2

2:45-3:30: Cancer Genomics & Computational Immunology, Talk 3

3:30-3:45: Snacks and Coffee Break

3:45-4:30: Cancer Genomics & Computational Immunology, Talk 4

4:30-5:15: Cancer Genomics & Computational Immunology, Talk 5

6pm: Dinner in Hyde Park

Friday, September 13

8:00-8:40: Breakfast

8:40-8:45: 5 min welcome speech

8:45-9:30: Protein Structure, Talk 1

9:30-10:15: Protein Structure, Talk 2

10:15-10:30: Snacks and Coffee Break

10:30-11:15: Protein Structure Talk 3

11:15-12:00: Protein Structure, Talk 4

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-1:45: Brain Connectomics, Talk 1

1:45-2:30: Brain Connectomics, Talk 2

2:30-2:45: Snacks and Coffee Break

2:45-3:30: Brain Connectomics, Talk 3

3:30-4:15: Brain Connectomics, Talk 4

5pm: Dinner in Hyde Park