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Schedule is Eastern time zone.


Introduction by Conference Chair Dokyoon Kim, PhD



Yi Xing, PhD

Executive Director, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Marylyn Ritchie, PhD

Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI)

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

8:45am- 9:30am

Keynote Speaker introduction by Marylyn Ritchie, PhD

Karen Miga, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCSC

Associate Director at the UCSC Genomics Institute

Discovering New Biology and Function in Complete, Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) Genomes

9:30am- 10:00am

Nilanjan Chatterjee, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Department of Biostatistics
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Department of Oncology 

School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Polygenic Risk Scores: Turning Dust into Gold?

10:00am- 10:15am

Morning Break

10:15am- 10:45am

Gina Peloso, PhD

Associate Professor


Boston University

Implicating Genes, Pleiotropy, and Sexual Dimorphism at Blood Lipid Loci

10:45am- 11:15am

Greg Bowman, PhD

Director of Folding@home
Department of Bioengineering and Biochemistry 
University of Pennsylvania

Searching the Genome for Cryptic Pockets

11:15am- 11:45am

Poster Lightning Round

Presentations of 7 selected posters

Sammy Hansali, Rutgers University

Hongbo Liu, University of Pennsylvania 

Karleena Rybacki, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Jason Liu, Rutgers University

Alison Merikangas, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Jacob Leiby, University of Pennsylvania

Jennifer Guo, University of Pennsylvania

11:45am- 1:45pm

Break for Lunch

Poster Networking Session

Roberts Center for Pediatric Research Lobby

Posters will be on display in the main lobby and in the Level B lobby.

1:45pm- 2:30pm

Keynote Speaker introduction by Yi Xing, PhD

Bogdan Pasaniuc, PhD

Associate Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Human Genetics, and Computational Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

Polygenic Risk Scores for Individuals of Diverse Ancestries

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Iuliana Ionita-Laza, PhD

Department of Biostatistics
Columbia University

Knockoff-based Statistics for the Identification of Putative Causal Loci in Genetic Studies 

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Afternoon Break

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Corey McMillan, PhD

Associate Professor, Neurology

Perelman School of Medicine 

University of Pennsylvania

Molecular Profiling of Alzheimer’s Disease and Age-Related Neuorpathology

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Duygu Ucar, PhD

Associate Professor

Epigenomics & Genomics
Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

An Activated Ammune Micro-environment Prior to Vaccination Impedes the Efficacy of the Prevnar Vaccine

4:15pm- 4:30pm

Closing Remarks and Presentation of Trainee Awards

Dokyoon Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor of Informatics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Senior Fellow,

Institute of Biomedical Informatics,

Associate Director of Informatics, Immune Health,

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

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