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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Call for Papers: PSB 2013 Epigenomics Session

Dear Colleague,

We would like to cordially invite you to submit a full-length paper to the Epigenomics Session at the eighteenth Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB). This session will focus on computational methods for the analysis and interpretation of various types of epigenomic data. The main conference will be held January 3-7, 2013 at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Key dates

Paper submission deadline: July 31, 2012 midnight PDT
Notification of acceptance/rejection: September 10, 2012
Camera-ready final paper deadline: October 1, 2012 midnight PDT

Invited speakers

Michael Snyder, Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University, USA.
Frank Pugh, Willaman Chair in Molecular Biology in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, USA.

Scientists have known for a long time that the sequence of nucleotides that comprise the genome is not sufficient to explain the heritability of traits from one generation to the next, nor is that sequence sufficient to drive the myriad functions of a living cell. Recently, however, catalyzed by the rapid acquisition of a wide variety of genome-scale data sets from projects such as ENCODE, modENCODE, and the Epigenomics Roadmap, scientists have begun to recognize just how much information is encoded beyond the primary DNA sequence. Accordingly, many of the central questions facing biology today concern the interpretation and integration of epigenomic data with our existing knowledge of the molecular pathways within the cell, including DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites.

Computational methods for interpreting epigenomic data such as:
Histone modifications,
DNA methylation,
Nucleosome positioning,
Chromatin structure and accessibility,
DNA-DNA interactions
Computational models of chromatin structure on a genome-wide scale.
Methods for integrating heterogeneous epigenomic data.
Methods for relating genome structure and function.
Application of existing methods to novel epigenomic datasets.
Detailed analysis of well-studied loci with broader methodological or biological insights.

Organizing committee

Alexander J. Hartemink, Alexander F. Hehmeyer Associate Professor of Computer Science, Statistical Science, and Biology at Duke University
Manolis Kellis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
William Stafford Noble, Professor, Department of Genome Sciences and Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
Zhiping Weng, Professor, Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology and Department of Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Ferhat Ay, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Submission guidelines
The scientific core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. Accepted papers will be published in an archival proceedings volume (fully indexed in PubMed), and a number of the papers will be selected for presentation during the conference.
Please see the PSB paper format template and instructions at http://psb.stanford.edu/psb-online/psb-submit.

Further information is provided at the conference website:

URL: http://noble.gs.washington.edu/proj/epigenomics2013/

Contact Person: Ferhat Ay (ferhatay@uw.edu)