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Vancouver Bioinformatics User 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, computational biology, and data sciences. VanBUG meets every month from September through April. Research presentations by bioinformatics leaders, students and industry representatives are followed by networking over pizza and refreshments

Upcoming meetings will be held monthly on Thursdays from 11:00am to 1:30pm and are free and open to all. The majority of VanBUG events will now be held simultaneously at UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories and SFU's Big Data Hub. The speaker will be present in-person at one location while the other location receives live video-streaming and Q&A. Both locations will have a post lecture social with free food and drink. Please refer to the Schedule page or subscribe to our Calendar for specific details regarding speaker location and room information.

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VanBUG Monthly Event

Event Details


Thursday, April 18th, 2024 11:00am - 1:30pm PT


SFU Big Data Hub, room ASB 10900

UBC, Michael Smith Laboratories, MSL 102 (Live Stream Location)

If you are interested in attending this seminar, please fill out the RSVP form.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Sean Gibbons

Talk Title: You are what you eat


  • Institute for Systems Biology, Associate Professor


Sean Gibbons earned his PhD in biophysics from the University of Chicago in 2015. He completed his postdoctoral work at MIT in 2018. Sean is now an associate professor at the Institute for Systems Biology, in Seattle. His lab studies the ecology and evolution of microbial communities. In particular, Sean is interested in how host-associated bacterial communities influence the health and wellness of the host organism. His group designs computational and wet-lab tools for studying these complex systems. Ultimately, the Gibbons Lab aims to develop strategies for engineering the ecology of the gut microbiome to improve human health.


Dietary intake is tightly coupled to gut microbiota composition, human metabolism, and to the incidence of virtually all major chronic diseases. Dietary and nutrient intake are usually quantified using dietary questionnaires, which tend to focus on broad food categories, suffer from self-reporting biases, and require strong compliance from study participants. In this talk, I will present MEDI (Metagenomic Estimation of Dietary Intake), a method for quantifying dietary and nutritional intake using food-derived DNA in stool metagenomes, and how this method will be integrated into our community-scale metabolic modeling tool called MICOM.

Trainee Speaker: Yerin Kim


  • Jones and Vu labs

Talk Title Long-read based native RNA sequencing of human transcriptomes reveals complexity of mRNA modifications and crosstalk between RNA regulatory features