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2012 Fall Bioinformatics Get
-
Together


The first 2012 Fall Bioinformatics Get
-
Together was held on 19 Sep 2012. It was
attended by bioinformatics majors, Department of Biology faculty, Department of
Chemistry & Biochemistry

faculty
, School of Computer Scie
nce & Engineering faculty,
and recent graduates of the degree program.

Note that there are currently only two
graduates of the program.


The purpose of the gathering is to have faculty involved in the bioinformatics degree
program meet the majors, and to h
ave recent graduates give talk
s

on what they are doing
after graduating from the program.


Biology faculty
Dr. Nicole Bournias
is the director of the

NIH grant for supportin
g stem
-
cell student internships at CSUSB. She talked about the eligibility for the

internships and
how to apply for it. Another biology faculty, Dr. Anthony Metcalf talked about his
research on phylogenetic evolution.


In attendance are chemistry faculty Dr. Kimberly Cousins,
Dr. Yu Jun
g

Kim, and Dr.
Lisa Sha
mansky
. And
c
omputer scienc
e faculty Dr. Keith Schubert, Dr. Ernesto

Gomez,
and Dr. Yasha Karant were

present.


Dean Kirsten Fleming was also present and got interested in machine learning that was
part of the presentation done by a bioinformatics major, Regie Felix. She was awarded

a
2012
summer internship at the Center for Bio
-
Image Informatics, University of
California, Santa Barbara
. Her topic
wa
s
“Time Series Analysis and Machine Learning
Techniques on Various Datasets.”


Mark Mata, first graduate of
the
program in Dec 2011, now

works wit
h Clinicas del
Camino Real Inc..

He is a Health Information Data Analysts in
-
charge of managing and
creating reports from the company’s database system. He is also in the masters program
in Computer Science at CSU Channel Islands. He is research
ing genetic programming for
use in solving problems that are non
-
deterministic or cannot be easily represented using
algorithms or mathematical models.


Jacob Justus, second graduate of the program in Jun 2012,
was admitted at the Master of
BioScience (MBS
) at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Sciences at Claremont, CA,
for Fall 2012. His study will be in Pharmaceutical Discove
ry and Development. He was
awarded a $38,000 fellowship at Keck.


Another bioinformatics major, Gordon Kuang, presented his wor
k on learning the use of
the tool
“hex.”
This tool
is an open source program and is an interactive protein docking
and molecular superposition program. It understands protein and DNA structures. Gordon
showed the different features of the tool for docking
and displaying 3D graphics of
molecules. Gor
don has

a dual major in Economics and
ex
pected to graduate in Winter
2013
.