Launch of Monthly Bioinformatics Seminar Series

by | Mar 6, 2024 | Bioinformatics, Events, News | 0 comments

We are delighted to announce the kickoff of our brand-new Bioinformatics Seminar Series, designed to bring together the diverse minds shaping the landscape of bioinformatics and computational biology right here in our vibrant community.

Why a Bioinformatics Seminar Series?

In response to valuable community feedback and with a keen desire to foster communication and collaboration, a Bioinformatics Strategy Steering group has been formed, led by Prof. Simon Lovell. The group has introduced a monthly Bioinformatics Seminar Series with the primary goal of showcasing groundbreaking research within the university, particularly in the dynamic realms of bioinformatics and computational biology. Our aim is to create a space where connections can flourish not only among computational biologists but also between researchers in both wet and dry lab environments.

Seminar Details

  • Format: Hybrid. Although we strongly encourage in-person attendance to have an opportunity for genuine interactions and meaningful networking, we also provide an online option for those unable to attend physically.
  • Save the Dates: 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, 11 June
  • Time: Tuesdays, 11 am – 12 noon, followed by a social lunch gathering.
  • Location: Smith Seminar Room, Michael Smith Building, Dover Street.


  • 6 Feb: Syed Murtuza Baker (Research Fellow, Division of Informatics, Imaging and Data Sciences, FBMH): Single-cell analysis.
  • 5 Mar 2024: 
    • Amin Ali (PhD student, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute), Prostate Zones in Cancer Progression  
    • Vicky Smith (Postdoctoral Scientist, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute), Using high dimensional CyTOF data to explore the immune microenvironment of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
  • 9 Apr 2024:  
    • Alex Koch (Research Associate, Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine), Modelling cellular mechanisms with new graphical tools
    • William Morgans (Research Associate, Division of Informatics, Imaging & Data Sciences)intNMF: scalable non-negative matrix factorisation for analysing paired single cell RNA and ATAC sequencing data.
  • 14 May 2024:
    • Mudassar Iqbal (Senior Lecturer, Division of Informatics, Imaging & Data Sciences), title TBA. 
    • Charlotte Heaven (Research Associate, Division of Cancer Sciences, FBMH), Mathematical modelling of the cell cycle response to radiation reveals key relationships between radiation dose, LET and DNA fragment release.
  • 11 Jun 2024:
    • Dave Lee (Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute),
    • Simon Williams (Bioinformatician, FBMH)

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey of discovery, knowledge-sharing, and community building. Let’s make the Bioinformatics Seminar Series a hub for inspiration, collaboration, and groundbreaking ideas. We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Speakers

We invite researchers from all facets of computational biology to contribute to our seminar series. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or an Early Career Researcher, including postdocs, fellows, and PhD students, we encourage you to actively participate and present your work. If you have a fascinating topic to share, we’d love to hear from you!

How to Apply: Drop us an email at or with your abstract and preferred date.

Join our Community

If you haven’t already, we invite you to join our Computational Biology Community Group on Teams (Click here to join the group). This space is intended to bring together students, researchers, and academics, facilitate discussions, provide educational resources, and offer support as we navigate the ever-evolving fields of bioinformatics and computational biology.