The Annual MSTP Retreat is held in the summer to provide students with the opportunity for fellowship & collegiality. 

Student oral presentations, discussion sessions, panel discussions, and a keynote address are some features of this event.

MSTP 2013 Annual Retreat: June 27-29, 2013 (click for complete agenda)

Keynote Speaker: Jonas Almeida, PhD


Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  Department of Pathology
Research interests
  Computational infrastructure for integrative bioinformatics

Research Focus

My research is focused on the computational infrastructure for integrative bioinformatics. Specifically, it seeks to articulate the computational statistics aspects of data analysis with the data representation and management of its acquisition. This domain of enquiry seeks to understand and advance the emergence of unified computational environments that make optimal use of the scalability of cloud computing and the generality of semantic web representations. The practical application of this research is to enable the personalization of medicine by providing its computational vehicle.

Biographical Sketch

Jonas S. Almeida was first trained as a Plant Biologist (BS) in his native Portugal and went on to pursue a graduate program in Biological Engineering (PhD 1995) which then led to a string of faculty appointments in Chemical Engineering (1996-2000, Assistant Professor, University of Lisbon), Biostatistics (2001-2005, Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina), Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2006 - 2010, Professor, University of Texas MDAnderson Cancer Center). This trajectory, with a trail of 130 peer reviewed manuscripts, reflects an interest in quantitative Biology in all of its components - experimentation, engineering, mathematical modelling, computational statistics and more recently software engineering. In 2011, he moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to start a new Division of Informatics in the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine. Currently, his research is focused on the third generation of web technologies and the way they enable WebApp ecosystems that cater to the analysis of biomolecular data. The Semantic Web, Cloud Computing and Map-Reduce abstractions for distributed processing play a central role in the rewiring of bioinformatics workflows developed by his research group.