Title:Bioinformatics at work: translating data from >900,000 sequencing experiments into biomedical knowledge
Date: March 20, 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Venue: Room 1021 & 1021B, 10/F, Ho Sin-Hang Engineering Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T.
Speaker: Dr. Brian Y TSUI
University of California San Diego


Information in biological cells is encoded by DNA, and certain genes are switched on and transcribed to RNA to direct the functions of cells. Diseases and traits are often driven by a mutation in DNA and aberrant RNA expression of different genes. Thus, understanding the relationships between DNA, RNA and diseases are critical towards the goal of translating the information in our cells to an understandable format and thus accelerate the process of finding cures to diseases. In the past few years, the biomedical field has generated over 900,000 sequencing experiments, where each experiment captures different combinations of DNA and RNA close to its entirety. This talk will focus on the ambitious goal of creating a machine that can utilize over 900,000 high throughput sequencing experiments to crack the DNA code in a systematic fashion using bioinformatics and natural language processing.



Dr. Brian Y Tsui received his Ph.D. degree from University of California, San Diego in February 2019 in the Bioinformatics and System Biology program. His research interests involve using Bioinformatics, High- Performance Computing, and AI to improve healthcare and create a better understanding of biology using high-throughput sequencing technology and electronic health record data. Prior to joining the graduate program, he received his Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego with Highest Distinction in 2014. During his undergraduate study, he also initiated a project on enabling various algorithms to run faster by accepting compressed input data. Prior to his undergraduate study, he represented Hong Kong at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in 2009.


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