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

  • 1

    Computational Genomics

  • 2

    Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

  • 3

    Systems Biology

  • 4

    Medical Informatics and Imaging

  • 5

    Knowledge Representation and Visualization

  • 6

    Structural Biology and Chemistry

BCATS 2016 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jonas S. Almeida - Stony Brook University, New York

Professor and Chief Technology Officer, Department of Biomedical Informatics

Dr. Almeida's lab researches at the intersection of semantic web abstractions and distributed cloud computing approaches to bioinformatics application development in the pervasive web platform. This research often involves the application of mathematical modelling and machine learning for medical genomics, with a focus on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).

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Dr. Hao Li - University of California, San Francisco

Professor, Department of Biochmistry and Biophysics

Dr Li's lab studies the molecular mechanisms of aging and genetic determinants of complex human traits, using system biology approaches that combine quantitative experiments with theoretical modeling and bioinformatics analysis. His lab has developed microfluidic devices to analyze aging at the molecular level in single cells and genetic systems for high throughput lifespan screening.

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Dr. Laura Waller - University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

Dr. Waller's lab develops new methods for designing imaging systems jointly in terms of hardware and software. This research is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing from expertise in optics, signal processing and computer science, with broad applications in bioimaging, defense, physical science and industrial inspection.

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"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 2016 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring BCATS 2017?

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