IT Forum & ISL Colloquium present "Extracting information from cells"

Extracting information from cells
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 1:15pm
Packard 202
Professor Lior Pachter (Caltech)
Abstract / Description: 

Genomic approaches to studying the molecular biology of the cell have advanced considerably over the pas few years, and it is now possible to make high-throughput measurements of molecules in individual cells. I will discuss some of the considerations that must be taken into account in designing experiments, and subsequently in extracting the maximum information from them (optimally).


Lior Pachter was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and grew up in Pretoria, South Africa where he attended Pretoria Boys High School. After receiving a B.S. in Mathematics from Caltech in 1994, He left for MIT where he was awarded a PhD in applied mathematics in 1999. He then moved to the University of California at Berkeley where he was a postdoctoral researcher (1999-2001), assistant professor (2001-2005), associate professor (2005-2009), and until 2018 the Raymond and Beverly Sackler professor of computational biology and professor of mathematics and molecular and cellular biology with a joint appointment in computer science. Since January 2017 he has been the Bren professor of computational biology at Caltech.

His research interests span the mathematical and biological sciences, and he has authored over 100 research articles in the areas of algorithms, combinatorics, comparative genomics, algebraic statistics, molecular biology and evolution. He has taught a wide range of courses in mathematics, computational biology and genomics. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology and has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, the Miller Professorship, and a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for the successful technology transfer of widely used sequence alignment software developed in his group.