Biostatistics and Biomathematics

Data Science Affinity Group

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2017 Data Science Affinity Group meetings will take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month at noon in M1-A303. We are currently scheduling seminars for the year and are interested in hearing about both the big picture ideas in Data Science, as well as hands-on/technical details about your particular slice of data science. If you are interested in presenting at one of our seminars please contact the group’s co-ordinator, Amy Leonardson (

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Current and Upcoming Seminars


January 3, 2017

12:00 p.m., M1-A303

Erick Matsen, Fred Hutch

Phylogenetics for Modern Data Sets, from Foundation on up

Phylogenetics, the inference of evolutionary trees from molecular sequence data such as DNA, yields valuable evolutionary understanding of many biological systems. Although mathematical foundations and algorithms for phylogenetic inference have been under development for many decades, many questions remain. In this talk I will describe some new mathematical results that counter common assumptions, as well as foundations for new Bayesian phylogenetic inference algorithms.


January 17, 2017

12:00 p.m., M1-A303

Matthew Trunnell, CIO, Fred Hutch
Naveen Ashish, Principal Data Scientist, Hutch Data Commonwealth
James Ryan, Sr Director of Engineering Operations, Hutch Data Commonwealth
Mija Lee, Manager of Big Data Engineering, Hutch Data Commonwealth
Aubree Hoover, Director of Software & Data Products, Hutch Data Commonwealth

Hutch Data Commonwealth and Data Science: Where we are and where we are going. . . .

The vision of the Hutch Data Commonwealth (HDC) is “to enable investigators to leverage all possible data in the effort to eliminate disease by driving the development of data infrastructure and data science capabilities through collaborative research and robust engineering.”  Members of the HDC, including Matthew Trunnell, Naveen Ashish and James Ryan, will spend the first part of the hour bringing people up to date on the current state of this newly formed organization, how we are structured, our current initiatives and how you can get involved.

At that point, we will open the floor to questions and comments from the audience for the HDC leadership team.  Although we meet with researchers across campus on a regular basis and we have guidance from the HDC Scientific Steering Committee, this is an opportunity for us to hear from the broader community of Fred Hutch data scientists.


February 7, 2017

12:00 p.m., M1-A303

Justin Guinney, Sage Bionetworks

DREAM Challenges

Abstract to come.