Author: Zeynep Ozkeserli

Statistician, Bioinformatician, blogger :)

Welcome to ISCB SC RSG Turkey’s Official Website!

Welcome to ISCB SC RSG Turkey’s official website!

Most of the people who contact us say “Do you still continue organising webinars with rshfjskh Turkey?”. This “rshfjskh” feeling comes, because, I come to the conclusion that, they do not know the abbreviation 🙂 So, here is the step by step tutorial for saying ISCB SC RSG Turkey without any struggle:

ISCB: International Society for Computational Biology
ISCB SC: International Society for Computational Biology Student Council
ISCB SC RSG: International Society for Computational Biology Student Council Regional Student Group
And here we are: ISCB SC RSG Turkey!

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But why do we have such a long name?

Let me explain. Because, ISCB is the main organisation, in which a student council is functioning. RSG’s are connected to ISCB through SC, but not directly. This is why. For further information, please refer to previous links I mentioned at the beginning.

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Call for contributions

Thanks to our community members and colleagues from ISCB RSG Turkey, BioInfoNet Project is growing day by day. We now have 172 members signed up to our Biomarker community and we have proudly organised 3 important webinars! It is good to know that there will be more ahead!

At this stage, we felt that we are ready to make calls for presentations for both professionals and students.

We are proud to have the set up to invite you to organise your dream webinar with us. If you like the idea, please fill the appropriate form at presentation calls page.

We are looking forward to your contributions. Thank you!

W#2 Computational Metagenomics on the Species Level

After Dr. Can’s (METU, Ankara – Turkey) talk, our next guest was from Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany. Dr. Bernhard Y Renard heads the bioinformatics research group at Robert Koch Institute, the German national institute for infectious disease in Berlin, Germany and is an adjunct senior lecturer (Privatdozent) at the department of mathematics and computer science at Freie Universität Berlin.

Dr. Renard’s talk was on computational metagenomics on the species level. You can find the recording of the webinar here on our community page and here on youtube.

My highlight from this presentation is that metagenomics has a whole new set of constraints with data analysis. I could not capture a saying from this one 🙂 but I can say that I am far more interested in computational metagenomics than ever before.

Dr. Renard mentioned to be very happy to meet us and appreciated the project. Participants were also eager to have the slides 🙂

Hope to see Dr. Renard as a guest again in the future!

W#1 Reconstruction of Signaling Network Topology from Steady State and Dynamic Perturbation Data

The first webinar of BioInfoNet series was given by Dr. Tolga Can from METU (Middle East Technical University), Ankara, Turkey. METU is one of the oldest, biggest and best universities in Turkey. Dr. Can has a bioinformatics lab. in the Computer Science Department.

His talk was on reconstruction of signaling networks from steady state perturbation data. You can find the recording of the webinar here on our community page and here on youtube.

My take-home message from this webinar (apart from the scientific part) is Dr. Can’s these words: “As computer scientists we do not say “OK this is a very difficult problem, we can not do that”. We offer a solution.”. This was something I have “noticed” before but never mentioned aloud as a statistician. When Dr. Can solidly stated this, I got it. Eventhough this was a statement about methodology, this sentence is now like a saying to me and I am trying to apply this insight to my everyday work.

Dr. Can and all participants mentioned that they enjoyed the webinar. Hope to see Dr. Can as a guest for many times in the future!