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Open Source and Bioinformatics

Recent advances in experimental methods, such as high-throughput DNA sequencing, have enabled researchers in the life sciences to generate very large and complex datasets. Bioinformaticians develop the software and infrastructure required to analyse and model these datasets. These efforts rely heavily on free and open source software for implementation as well as distribution to the broader research community to further scientific progress.

This miniconf will make cutting-edge life sciences research accessible to a general audience and promote interaction between the bioinformatics and open source communities. The day will feature talks on basic and clinical research and applications of high-performance and cloud computing, as well as discussions about getting involved in open source software development for biological research.

Alan Rubin

Alan is a computational biology researcher in the Bioinformatics Division of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. He is a postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Tony Papenfuss and Terry Speed. Prior to joining The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, he completed his PhD with Phil Green in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.

Alan has published peer-reviewed work on diverse topics including patterns of mutation in human cancer genomes and mechanisms of gene regulation in the fruit fly *Drosophila melanogaster*. One of his primary research goals is to develop new software tools that enable novel applications of DNA sequencing technology, such as high-throughput mutagenesis. This work uses Python and its robust ecosystem of free and open source scientific programming libraries to analyze and visualize patterns in large and complex biological datasets, while making the results accessible to computational and experimental biologists alike.

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