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Centre for Computational Biology


The CCB organises a number of events and monthly meetings throughout the academic year. Our monthly meetings consist of announcements, presentations and the opportunity to network. They are open to our members and anyone with an interest in computational biology. 


Future news/events



Past news/events

 Computational Biology Careers Panel

Time: 4-6pm on Wednesday 06 March

Where: Paterson Ross LT, Robin Brook Centre, West Smithfield campus

CCB hosted a panel of bioinformatics professionals from a diverse fields to give postgraduate students and early career researchers a flavour of the career options that are open to them:


We've brought together an a panel of speakers from across the academia industry spectrum to give their perspectives on the trajectories of their careers since their training in computational biology:

Adriano Barbosa da Silva- UKRI Rutherford Fund Innovation Fellow / Lecturer, QMUL

Matthew Higgins - CEO and co-founder, BlueRidge Bioinformatics 

Angela Matchan - Head of Production, Genomics England

Martina Sattlecker - Manager, Risk Analytics at Deloitte

Nikol Simecek - Computational Toxicologist, Unilever 

Adelyne Chan - PhD Student, University of Cambridge

Suresh Hewapathirana - Software Developer- European Bioinformatics Institute


CCB Workshop 20th of November 2018

On  20th of November we heard from Dr Bob Janes (SBCS) and Dr Adriano Barbosa (WHRI, Rutherford Fellow):

Time: 13.00-15.00 20th of November 2018

Venue: Eng 2.16, Mile End campus

13.00 - 13.10 Opening remarks, Prof Conrad Bessant
13.10 - 13.40 Dr Bob Janes 
  • Dr Janes is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, QMUL. His lab works on developing bioinformatics tools and resources for circular dichroism spectroscopy and structural biology
13.40 - 14.10 "Principles of Machine Learning Applications in the Early Diagnosis of Dementia" Dr Adriano Barbosa (WHRI, QMUL)
  • Dr Barbosa is a UKRI Innovation/Rutherford  Fellow based at the William Harvey Research Institute, QMUL. He is working on a cardiovascular  translational  biomedicine  platform  based  on  the  analytical  capabilities  of  the  tranSMART  software to accelerate the translational research of datasets from UK Biobank and Barts BioResource.
14.10-14.20 Close, Prof Conrad Bessant
14.20-15.00 Coffee and networking


CCB Workshop 29th of October 2018  

We kickstarted the new series of CCB workshops with presentations from two an MRC UKRI Health Data Research UK Rutherford Fellows: Dr Kathleen Curtius, at the Barts Cancer Insitute, and Dr Rashmi Patel, from King's College London. 

14.15-14.30 Prof Claude Chelala

  • Introduction and HDR UK London overview

14.30-15.00 Dr Rashmi Patel “Novel text mining techniques to enrich electronic mental health record data research”

  • Rashmi is a MRC UKRI Health Data Research UK Fellow in the Department of Psychosis Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London. His work centres on using EHR data in psychosis phenotyping and prediction

15.00-15.30 Dr Kit Curtius "Spatial evolution of Barrett’s esophagus: insights from molecular clocks and mechanistic modelling"

  • Kit is a Rutherford Fellow who is using mathematical mechanistic modelling to inform optimal cancer screening recommendations, to perform patient risk stratification, and to ultimately better prognostication and precision medicine. 

15.30-15.40 Prof Conrad Bessant

  • Closing remarks and CCB Showcase Award announcement

15.40-16.30 Refreshment/networking 

Dr Rashmi has kindly made his presentation available on his website.

HDR UK London UKRI Innovation/Rutherford Academy Workshop- Prof Claude Chelala and Henry Li from CCB organised a workshop for Rutherford, eMedLab and Med-Bio Fellows at UCL's Farr Institute. The workshop was an opportunity for Fellows from five London universities (QMUL, Imperial, UCL, LSHTM and KCL) to meet each other and HDR UK London's directors, as well as holding round-table discussions on opportunities for collaboration. 

Festival of Communities- Members of the CCB brought back the "The World of Dinosaurs, Bacteria and Viruses" at the The Festival of Communities on Saturday 12 May at Stepney Green Park. Members of Profs Claude Chelala and Conrad Bessant's labs taught local school children about genomic science using lego bricks. 


15 November 2017, 1-3pm: CCB seminar "Long-range regulatory interactions in acute myeloid leukaemia"

Location: Lister and Young seminar room, Second floor John Vane Science Centre, Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6BQ

Speaker: Dr Borbala Mifsud, MRC eMedLab Career Development Fellow/Lecturer, Clinical Pharmacology, WHRI, QMUL

20 May 2017: "The World of Dinosaurs, Bacteria and Viruses" at the Festival of Communities in Stepney Green Park.

What dinosaurs and bugs have in common? Explore and assemble the sequence of the genes of komodo dragons, “friendly” bacteria and the flu virus using Lego blocks.

5 July 2017: Networking event for the Centre of Computational Biology. This event was held in Charterhouse Square with talks from the recipients of the LSI Centre for Computaional Biology (CCB) showcase awards for 2017. Thank you to everyone who attended and presented a poster. The event ended with a summer barbecue.


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