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1st 2019 Cambridge UK Computational Biology and Bioinformatics meetup 01 Feb

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Dear Members,

We would like to invite you to the first 2019 Computational Biology and Bioinformatics meet-up. N.B. To accommodate our growing community we have changed the venue for bigger; the Meetup will be held at the “Harvard” room at Anglia Ruskin University.

We have again two exciting presentations lined up. Our first speaker James Bonfield will kick the year off by presenting on “Crumble: lossy compression of DNA sequencing data.” After receiving a BSc in Computer Science from Warwick University, James moved to Cambridge to work with the (Rodger) Staden group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology on DNA sequence assembly, visualisation and editing. In 2003, James moved to the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where he worked on the gap5 sequence assembly editor and did research into data compression, including the winning entry of the SequenceSqueeze competition. James' most recent work has been both speeding up and reducing the size of the CRAM file format, via both lossless and lossy techniques.

For the second half of the meetup our hosts from Anglia Ruskin University will tell us about their new exciting Apprenticeship Programme in Bioinformatics and Data Science. The BSc (Hons) Bioinformatics programme was officially recognised by the Institute of Apprenticeships as a degree award within the Data Scientist standard with the first cohort of apprentices embarking on the degree September 2019.

Snacks and light bites will be served as usual, with the first talk starting at 8pm sharp. The event is kindly sponsored by DNAnexus.

We look forward to seeing you all again,

On behalf of the organisers,

Miika Ahdesmaki


Anglia Ruskin University
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