Bioinformatics and Computational biology: 500 years of exciting problems?

We are pleased to welcome Dr Amanda Clare and Nick Dimonaco to talk at the next BCS Mid-Wales event. Amanda and Nick will be talking about ‘Bioinformatics and Computational biology: 500 years of exciting problems?’.

The talk is at 6.15pm on Monday 29th January, 2018.  This is in MP-0.10 (Physics B) in the Physical Sciences building at Aberystwyth University. Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm in the Physics Foyer.

The event is free and open to everyone. Please register on Eventbrite for your free ticket.

Abstract

Famous computer scientist Donald Knuth has discussed his concerns that computer science in the future will be “pretty much working on refinements of well-explored things”, whereas “Biology easily has 500 years of exciting problems to work on”. We’ll describe some of the exciting problems that computer science enables us to explore and that we’re working on here.

Biographies

Dr Amanda Clare is a Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth University who applies computer science to analyse and manage biological data. Amanda enjoys writing code, inspecting data, automating biology and creating databases. She is a member of the BCS and a fellow of the HEA.

Nicholas Dimonaco is a PhD student at Aberystwyth University in the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences. He completed his undergraduate study in Computer Science at Aberystwyth with a focus on Computational Biology. His PhD focus is in the identification of biologically important genetic material from metagenomic samples. Metagenomics is the study of all microorganisms from a complex environment such as ocean floors or an animal’s gut. He is currently working on identifying genes from these environments. He is also a member of the BCS Mid-Wales committee.