Through this symposium, we seek to bring together biologists, engineers and data scientists, to cross-fertilise ideas and initiate collaborations in various domains of biological data analysis. A key focus of the symposium will be on novel methods and algorithms to dissect omics data at multiple levels, enabling a deeper understanding of complex phenotypes. The symposium seeks to bring together about 15 leading scientists from India and abroad, as well as provide an opportunity for up to 60 early career researchers to participate. We have planned sufficient time for discussions and networking during the event. The venue, IIT Madras, is the top-ranked engineering institute in the country. The campus is situated in the heart of a busy metropolis, Chennai, but boasts of hundreds of acres of forests, which are also home to a variety of birds and animals, including the endangered black buck.


Simon Anders

ZMBH Heidelberg

Giriraj Chandak

CCMB Hyderabad

Amit Dutt


Michael Gromiha

IIT Madras

Rudiyanto Gunawan

ETH Zürich

Rohit Gupta

MedGenome Labs Pvt. Ltd.

Haja Kadarmideen

Technical University of Denmark

Edda Klipp

Humboldt University

Rune Linding

University of Copenhagen

S Mahalingam

IIT Madras

Shekhar Mande


V Mohan

MDRF Chennai

Niranjan Nagarajan

Genome Institute Singapore

Manikandan Narayanan


B Ravindran

IIT Madras, Chennai

Shamith Samarajiwa

MRC, University of Cambridge

Vinod Scaria

IGIB, New Delhi

Lars Steinmetz

Stanford University

Erik van Nimwegen

University of Basel


Himanshu Sinha

IIT Madras, Chennai

Karthik Raman

IIT Madras, Chennai

Swagatika Sahoo

IIT Madras, Chennai


The Symposium runs from Monday, January 22 to Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
A workshop on NGS data analysis for student participants will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (DAY 0) at the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras.
A tentative schedule is given below.

0900 - 1000 Registration at Department of Biotechnology Foyer
1000 - 1230 Practical session (theory) by Dr Rohit Gupta
1115 - 1130 Tea at Department of Biotechnology Foyer
1130 - 1230 Practical session (theory) by Dr Rohit Gupta
1230 - 1330 Lunch at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
1330 - 1500 Practical session (theory) by Dr. Rohit Gupta
1500 - 1515 Tea at Department of Biotechnology Foyer
1515 - 1800 Practical session (hands on) by Dr Rohit Gupta
1900 - 2000 Dinner at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
0830 - 0900 Registration at IC&SR Foyer
0900 - 0930 Inauguration by Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director IIT Madras
0945 - 1030 Amit Dutt - Translating cancer genomics to medicine
1030 - 1115 M Michael Gromiha - Data driven approach for discriminating driver and passenger mutations in cancer at large scale
1115 - 1145 Tea at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1145 - 1230 Rune Linding - Decoding of network attacking mutations rewiring cancer
1230 - 1300 Two short talks selected from the poster presentations
1300 - 1400 Lunch at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
1400 - 1530 Poster session at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1530 - 1600 Tea at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1600 - 1645 Mahalingam S - Comprehensive and integrative genomic characterization of breast cancer in an Indian population
1645 - 1730 Shamith Samarajiwa - Systems level exploration of perturbations in cellular regulomes driving carcinogenesis
1730 - 1900 Panel discussion
1900 - 1930 Departure for Holiday Inn Dinner at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
1930 - 2300 Banquet Dinner at Holiday Inn
0900 - 0945 Edda Klipp - Yeast mating in space and time
0945 - 1030 Simon Anders - Using interactive visualization tools to explore big data
1030 - 1100 Tea at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1100 - 1145 Shekhar Mande - Prediction of the substrates of Serine/Threonine Protein Kinases (STPKs) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and analysis of the resultant signalling network
1145 - 1230 Niranjan Nagarajan - Systems biology modelling of microbial communities
1230 - 1300 Two short talks selected from the poster presentations
1300 - 1400 Lunch at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
1400 - 1500 Poster session at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1500 - 1530 Tea at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1530 - 1615 Manikandan Narayanan - Peering thru' zeroes: computational approaches to study single-cell variation
1615 - 1700 Erik van Nimwegen - Tools for mapping gene regulatory networks
1700 - 1745 Balaraman Ravindran - Some studies using hypergraphs for modeling multi-way relations
1800 - 1945 Carnatic Vocal Concert by Kalaimamani Gayathri Girish at Central Lecture Theatre (CLT)
2000 - 2100 Dinner at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
0900 - 0945 Giriraj Ratan Chandak - Genotype to phenotype through epigenotype: Gene-nutrition interaction in Diabesity
0945 - 1030 Rudiyanto Gunawan - Pathway analysis for understanding the biology of aging
1030 - 1100 Tea at IC&SR Auditorium Hall
1100 - 1130 Rohit Gupta - An NGS based in silico approach to model the tumor microenvironment for cancer immunotherapy applications
1130 - 1215 Vinod Scaria - Personal genomes to precision medicine
1215 - 1315 Haja Kadarmideen - Towards personalized medicine via multi-omics data integration and systems genomics methods
1315 - 1415 Lunch at IC&SR Auditorium Dining Hall
1415 - 1500 Lars Steinmetz - Reading, editing and writing genomes for 21st century biology
1500 - 1515 Valedictory address



All talks and poster sessions will take place at IC&SR Auditorium, IIT Madras. Student workshop on NGS data analysis will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (DAY 0), at the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras.


Student participants who are selected to attend the Symposium will be paid return 3AC railway fare as per norms.


All participants who requested for accommodation will be provided boarding and lodging facilities inside IIT Madras campus.


Depending on how you arrive, there are various modes to reach IIT Madras campus. Further details are given here.

Register for the Symposium


  • Last date of pre-registration of students and postdocs: December 20, 2017 (closed)
  • Last date of registration fee and abstract submission: December 29, 2017 (closed)


Student and postdoc applicants who have been short-listed have been informed by email. All short-listed participants are required to pay the registeration fees of ₹ 3,000 and submit confirmation of fees payment using the form given below. In addition, those who have also opted for poster presentation have been given a link for abstract form and are required to submit an abstract for their poster by the last date of registeration, December 29, 2017.

Faculty and Industry participants are only required to pay the appropriate registeration fees and fill in the confirmation form given below.

REGISTRATION FEES (inclusive of 18% GST) (closed)

Registeration is now closed.

Short-listed applicants ₹ 3,000.

Registration fees for faculty ₹ 5,000.

Registration fees for industry participants ₹ 10,000.

Registration allows all participants access to talks, lunch and tea sessions.

Contact Info

Himanshu Sinha and Karthik Raman
Initiative for Biological Systems Engineering (IBSE)
Department of Biotechnology
Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai - 600 036, INDIA

Tel: +91-44-2257-4100
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