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Columbia University Bio Bytes

Columbia University Bio Bytes

By Columbia Sys Bio Initiative
Welcome to Bio Bytes, your starting point for all things Systems Biology. Tune in for interviews with prominent scientists working at the intersection of Computer Science, Medicine and Biology, and Mathematics as well as conversations between our team about advances in biomedicine.
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Bio Bytes 9: Dr. Elham Azizi Part 1

Columbia University Bio Bytes

Bio Bytes 18: Genome Topology and Leukemia with Aaron Viny
In which Vaibhav and Dr. Aaron Viny (a clinician scientist and assistant professor at Columbia) discuss the role of Cohesin complexes in 3D genome organization and how spatiotemporal irregularities in higher order genetic structures lead to blood cancers. They talk about the importance of linage commitment and how a disorganized genome can prevent it. Aaron concludes with a discussion of his experience as a physician-investigator and  meeting (now president-elect) Joe Biden. 
November 10, 2020
Bio Bytes 17: Epigenome Editing and the Neuroepigenome with Shawn Liu
In which Vaibhav and Shawn Liu (The Joan and Paul Marks, MD ’49 Assistant Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at CUIMC) speak about the specifics of epigenome editing, from selecting the right model cells, to tool design, to loci considerations for editing experiments and much more. They also touch on how neurons are methylated during memory acquisition and the potential for in vivo neuroepigenome editing. Find out more about Shawn's work here:  
September 1, 2020
Bio Bytes 16: The Power of Single Cell Data Analysis with Dana Pe'er
In which Dana speaks with Vaibhav and Jason about the principles of single cell analysis and informatics challenges associated with it. Among other things, they discuss manifolds and data topology, Bayesian approaches and considerations in prior distribution selection in biology, matrix factorization and imputing missing cell states with graphical walks through phenotypic space, and the utility of diffusion components when  Principal Component Analysis is insufficient. Dana concludes with some advice for young people interested in Systems and Computational Biology.
June 5, 2020
Bio Bytes 15: Small Molecule Perturbation, Ferroptosis, Computational Chemistry, and COVID-19 treatments with Dr. Brent Stockwell
In which Vaibhav and Dr. Stockwell talk about how using small molecule screening helped uncover pioneering details about Iron influenced cell death (Ferroptosis), the therapeutic context for Ferroptosis, and ligand prediction with computational chemistry. They conclude with some discussion about Dr. Stockwell's current collaborative SARS-CoV2  antiviral efforts. 
May 17, 2020
Bio Bytes 14: Quantifying and Representing Genetic Variation with Dr. Tuuli Lappalainen
In which Dr. Lappalainen speaks to Vaibhav and Mona about a variety of topics including her latest paper in Science, the various considerations one needs to make when interpreting statistical genomic data, and a graphical representation of genomes as opposed to the traditional linear model. 
May 8, 2020
Bio Bytes 13: CRISPR-Cas13 and Using Deep Learning to Model Gene Regulatory Networks with Dr. Xuebing Wu
In which Vaibhav, Jason, and Professor Xuebing Wu discuss the mechanism and applications of CRISPR-Cas13 and how deep learning might be used to model a unified gene regulatory network. 
April 12, 2020
Bio Bytes 12: All About Coronavirus with Dr. Vincent Racaniello (Part 2)
In which Vaibhav and Professor Racaniello continue to speak about the epidemic timeline, the use and biology of Anti-Malaria drugs against COVID-19, single cell and CRISPR based antiviral studies, and other topics, like how strong immunity to the virus is (once developed).  
March 25, 2020
Bio Bytes 11: All About Coronavirus with Dr. Vincent Racaniello
In which Vaibhav speaks to Vincent Racaniello, professor of Virology at Columbia University, about the science behind the current Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Among other topics, they discuss the origins of the virus and the rationale behind current retroviral drug based approaches to treat patients. 
March 25, 2020
Bio Bytes 10: Dr. Elham Azizi Part 2
In which Vaibhav and Dr. Azizi continue their discussion on using machine learning to integrate various data modalities into sensible probabilistic and statistical models to better understand cancer genetic networks. 
January 31, 2020
Bio Bytes 9: Dr. Elham Azizi Part 1
In which Vaibhav and Dr. Elham Azizi discuss the role of machine learning, AI, and data modeling in cancer biology. 
January 31, 2020
Bio Bytes 8: Dr. It'sik Pe'er Part 2
In which Vaibhav and Jason talk to Dr. Pe'er about the central goals of Systems Biology, the projects that he's most excited about, and what sorts of coursework students should complete to prepare themselves for getting into the field
December 28, 2019
Bio Bytes 7: Dr. It'sik Pe'er Part 1
In which Vaibhav and Jason talk to Dr. It'sik Pe'er, Associate Professor of Computer Science with cross-affiliation in the Systems Biology department, about his current projects and the emergence of computational biology
December 28, 2019
Bio Bytes 6: Dr. Sam Sternberg - Part 2
In which Vaibhav and Jason talk to Dr. Sternberg about how computational power is advancing his work with CRISPR
December 22, 2019
Bio Bytes 5: Dr. Sam Sternberg - Part 1
In which Vaibhav and Jason speak with Dr. Sam Sternberg about his work at the forefront of CRISPR tools development 
December 22, 2019
Bio Bytes 4
In which Vaibhav speaks to Dr. Chao Lu, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Development at CUMC, about his work in the field of Epigenetics and  how computation is accelerating progress in discovering novel targets for therapy. 
April 16, 2019
Bio Bytes 3
In which Miriam Interviews Dr. Raul Rabadan about the role of computing in Systems Biology, his journey as a theoretical physicist from CERN to the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton,  to Columbia's Systems Biology Department, and why now is the time to be excited about Systems Biology. 
April 10, 2019
Bio Bytes 2
In which Miriam speaks to Dr. Nicholas Tatonetti, Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, about his research regarding EHR, his children's book Toshi Builds Consensus, and much more! 
April 2, 2019
Podcast 1: Understanding Systems Bio, Synthetic Bio, and Computational Bio, and Bioinformatics
In which Miriam, Allison, and Vaibhav go over similarities and differences between Systems Bio, Synthetic Bio, and Computational Bio, and Bioinformatics.
March 21, 2019
Podcast 0
In which we introduce ourselves, give a brief overview of Systems Biology, and discuss the potential of the field. 
March 13, 2019