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Members of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Systems Pharmacology AI Research Center (SPARC) provided presentations and talks at the 20th edition of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS), one of the largest bioinformatics conferences in the country.


The event, hosted by Emory University, was a landmark event in the showcase and communication of cutting-edge work in computational biology and bioinformatics from the MidSouth. Over 80 researchers presented in various formats throughout the conference, enriching the event with their insights, discoveries, and groundbreaking research.

This year's conference’s theme was “From Code to Cells to Care: Transforming Healthcare with AI,” and underscored the critical role of AI in advancing healthcare and biomedical science.

The UAB attendees, led by SPARC director Jake Chen, Ph.D., provided the following discussions:

  • “From Static to Dynamic: Temporal Visualization of Gene Expression in Cancer Cell Lines", Ehsan Saghapour, postdoctoral fellow
  • "DrugPair2Vec: Drug Repurposing Networks via Data Mining for Exploring Drug Pair Combinations", Kevin Song, Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering
  • "A Novel Neuro-Symbolic Framework for Bioactivity Classification and Drug Efficacy Prediction in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer", Delower Hossain, Ph.D. student in computer science
  • "UAB Systems Pharmacology AI Research Center (SPARC)", Zhandos Sembay, data analyst for SPARC