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Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group

VanBUG (Vancouver Bioinformatics Users Group) is an association of researchers, other professionals and students in the B.C. Lower Mainland who have an interest in the field of bioinformatics.

VanBUG meets on the second Thursday of every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments

Meetings are held in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Family Theatre, BC Cancer Research Centre, 675 West 10th Avenue at 6:00 pm and are free and open to all.

As a service to the community, other bioinformatics events are posted to the Calendar
Visit our sister groups for bioinformatics events in Montreal (MonBUG) and now Toronto (TorBUG)!

next speakers:

C. Titus Brown

Talk Title:
“Building a platform for bioinformatics: some exciting new directions for khmer”

Thursday, March 12, 2015. 6:00pm

Associate Professor, University of California, Davis

URL: C. Titus Brown
Twitter: @ctitusbrown

C. Titus Brown is an Associate Professor in Population Health and Reproduction at UC Davis, where his lab works on developing novel data analysis approaches and software for sequencing data. Among several other projects, his lab develops the khmer software at http:/ He blogs at

Practically efficient and effective software for analyzing large volumes of short-read sequencing data is important for biology, and our driving vision for khmer has been to provide a general solution for scaling and improving de novo assembly. We have begun to explore ways of using khmer to work more generally with read and reference graphs, and I’ll talk about some of the interesting applications that we are envisioning in the future.

Please note:
Trainees are invited to meet with the VanBUG speaker for open discussion of both science and career paths. This takes place 4:30-5:30pm in either the Boardroom or Lunchroom on the ground floor of the BCCRC

Recommended Readings


Introductory Speaker:
Jake Lever (PhD Student, Dr Steven Jones’ Lab, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre)

“Knowledge Discovery and the Netflix Prize”

To view previous VanBUG posters and presentations, please see Archives

sponsored by:

CIHR Bioinformatics Training Program

Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops

Genome BC

Proof Centre

past sponsors:


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