About the Conference

The BCATS organizing committee is proud to announce the 17th year of the symposium: Biomedical Computation at Stanford (BCATS). This year BCATS will be held on Monday, April 10th 2017 at Stanford . BCATS is a one-day scientific conference organized entirely by students highlighting current research by students and post-docs in the San Francisco bay area including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. Last year, BCATS presented work of over 60 different research projects to over 250 attendees from the scientific community.

Over the years, BCATS has consistently offered the biomedical computation community a place to connect and learn about state-of-the-art science. This open exchange is critical for the growth of biomedical computation research. Attendees of previous BCATS have gone on to become leading faculty in prestigious institutions and drivers of biotechnological innovation in the private sector.

We look forward to your participation!

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Conference Topics

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    Machine Learning

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    Translational Informatics

BCATS 2017 Keynote Speakers

Michael Snyder, PhD - Stanford University

Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics

Dr. Mike Snyder is a leader in functional genomics and proteomics. His lab develops methods to analyze genomes and regulatory networks, such as proteome chips, high resolution tiling arrays for the entire human genome, and methods for global mapping of transcription factor binding sites (ChIP-chip now replaced by ChIP-seq) in organisms, such as yeast and human.

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Olga Vitek, MS, PhD - Northeastern University

Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor, College of Science; Computer and Information Science

Dr. Olga Vitek's group works with high-throughput large-scale investigations in quantitative genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and ionomics to characterize the components of biological systems, their functional interactions, and their relevance to disease with the goal of providing methods and software for design of these experiments, and for accurate interpretation of the resulting datasets.

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Andrew Ng, MS, PhD - Stanford University

VP and Chair Scientist at Baidu, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of Cousera, Adjunct Professor - Department of Computer Science

Dr. Andrew Ng is a forerunner in the machine learning and artificial intelligence field. Aside from teaching the popular machine learning course at Stanford, he founded Coursera with the goal of providing free education to the world. He is now the VP and Chief Scientist at Baidu and is applying machine learning methods to the health industry.

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Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD - Columbia University

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Systems Biology

Dr. Nicholas Tatonetti's lab focuses on multi-omics data integration, such as transcriptome sequencing, metabolomics, proteomics, and electronic medical records. Some of his exciting translational projects include understanding how to use venom for drug development and finding deadly drug interactions using clinical informatics approach.

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BCATS 2017 Industry Panel

Carlo Artieri, MS, PhD

Guardant Health, Senior Bioinformatics Scientist

Brendan Faherty, MBA, PhD

Genentech, Protein Sciences Consultant

Christine Lo, MS, PhD

Counsyl, Software Engineer

Grace Zheng, PhD

10X Genomics, Senior Scientist

Jonathan Hirsch, MS

Syapse, Founder and President


"As BCATS is a small student-run conference, it provides a unique opportunity to Bay Area students to closely interact with other researchers (academic and industry) in bio-medical informatics. Moreover the diverse student talks and posters give an indication of the ongoing research, opening doors for future collaboration. This is not possible for other large conferences like AMIA or ISMB, where a starting graduate student just ends up being overwhelmed."

– Maulik Kamdar - Former Director of BCATS

Our 2017 Sponsors

Company Sponsors: Genentech, SynTest Technologies

Interested in sponsoring BCATS 2017?

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