Symposium 2014

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We are proud to announce the COMBINE Australia 2014 Student Symposium, a forum for students, post docs, and young researchers in the fields of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics!

  • Symposium: Friday, 28th November, 2014

Registration and Abstract Submission

Register and submit an abstract online here
Registration is free and helps us plan our catering.

Talk abstract submissions have now closed. Poster abstracts will continue to be accepted until Monday 24th of November.


The symposium will be held on the Monash University Parkville campus, in Cossar hall campus map.
Monash University Parkville campus, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Social Media

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Symposium hashtag: #combine14


Download the complete program including abstracts: Symposium2014-programbooklet_Final

9:00 Registration and poster hanging
9:30 COMBINE welcome
9:35 Invited speaker: David Budden – Systems Biology Laboratory, The University of MelbourneThe Systems Biology of Transcription
10:05 Momeneh Foroutan – The University of MelbourneAnalysis of Pathway Redundancy in Pathways Containing MEK/ERK Signalling Module
10:25 Michael Walker – The University of MelbourneChallenges of Analysing Longitudinal Cohort Data
10:45 Morning tea (incl. speed dating)
11:30 Jane Hawkey – The University of MelbourneWhole genome analysis of a single clone of Salmonella Kentucky focusing on antibiotic resistance genes
11:50 Niloofar Vaghefi – The University of MelbourneUse of molecular phylogenetic analyses and bioinformatics tools to understand the taxonomy, biology and population structure of Stagonosporopsis tanaceti, the cause of ray bight of pyrethrum in Australia
12:10 Zoe Anne Dyson – La Trobe UniversityComparative genomics of lytic and lysogenic phages of the Actinobacteria
12:30 Lunch
13:10 Poster session 1If you have an odd numbered poster, please stand in front of it during this session.
13:40 Chen Li – Monash UniversitySMolCom: a bioinformatics tool for efficient in silico identification of potential drug combinations
14:00 Tamir Dingjan – Monash UniversityMolecular Docking: Extended Conformational Sampling of Peptides and Carbohydrates
14:20 Xiu Chen Quek – Garvan Institute of Medical ResearchBehave! Story of a Student’s Venture into Behaviour Driven Development in Bioinformatics
14:40 Afternoon tea
15:00 Poster session 2If you have an even numbered poster, please stand in front of it during this session.
15:30 Careers panel MC Torsten SeemannAlicia Oshlack, John Wagner, Lavinia Gordon, Simon Gladman and Meg Woolfit
16:50 Prizes and closing
17:30 The Bioinformatics Graduate Student Association and COMBINE invite you to join us at for drinks at Bridie O’Reilly’s  (corner of Sydney Road and Brunswick Road). We will walk there together at approximately 17:15.


Careers Panel

At the conclusion of the oral presentations, we will be hosting a Q&A session with a panel of well-established researchers relating to career and professional-development, as well as to share some of the lessons learnt from their own experience in research. Feel free to come with your own pre-prepared questions!

Panellist biographies can be found here.


The COMBINE Student Symposium 2014 is an opportunity for students and early-career researchers in computational biology, bioinformatics, and the life sciences to share their research with others in these fields. Presentations will be judged and the best ones will receive prizes!

The symposium is not a formal peer-reviewed conference, but a less formal opportunity to hone your presentations and obtain feedback on your research prior to major upcoming conferences.

We welcome submissions describing research in computational biology, bioinformatics, and the life sciences.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • sequence analysis
  • evolution and phylogeny
  • comparative genomics
  • protein structure
  • molecular and supramolecular dynamics
  • molecular evolution
  • gene regulation and transcriptomics
  • RNA biology
  • proteomics
  • systems biology
  • statistical genetics
  • mathematical biology

…and much more.

Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes in duration, with an additional 5 minutes for questions from the audience.

Summaries of already published work, work in progress, or soon to be submitted work are allowed and encouraged!

The DEADLINE for submission of talk abstracts is Friday 31th October, 2014.

Authors will be notified of submission outcomes by 7th November, 2014.

You can find tips on how to write a good abstract for a presentation at:

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