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Event Scheduled for Feb 22, 2013

Event: CSE Colloquium Series - Mukul Bansal - Reconstructing Evolution: Genes, Genomes, and the Tree of Life

Location: ITE 336

Time: 01:00 pm

Details of Event:
Understanding and uncovering the evolutionary processes that have created and shaped all living organisms is one of the most fundamental problems in all of biology. Computational molecular evolution involves the systematic study of evolutionary processes and evolutionary history based on genomic sequence information, and forms the basis of some of the most powerful techniques for understanding the structure and function of genomes and for unraveling the mechanisms of health and disease. However, in spite of the rapidly increasing availability of genomic sequence data, our ability to understand molecular evolution is hampered by a lack of fast and effective algorithms and analytical tools.
In this talk, I will describe my work on developing new algorithms and methods that address some of the most fundamental questions in molecular evolution by making effective use of large-scale genomic datasets. Specifically, I will talk about new algorithms for reconstructing species phylogenies more accurately than ever before, present computational approaches that make it possible to infer important evolutionary events that shaped the genomes of modern species, and finally describe new methods for accurately inferring the evolutionary histories of individual gene families. I will also discuss the biological impact of these new algorithms and methods in practice.

Target Audience: Open to All

Sponsored By: Computer Science and Engineering

Pamphlet/Flyer: No Pamphlet/Flyer Available

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