MCBIOS Conference 2010

The Seventh Annual Conference of the MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society, titled Bioinformatics: Systems, Biology, Informatics and Computation, was held in Jonesboro, Arkansas on February 19-20, 2010.

MCBIOS 2010 Awards

Congratulations to the 2010 student award winners!

Oral Presentations

  1. First Place: Heidi Pagan
    Mississippi State University (MSU)
    "Lineage Specific Activity from Novel Piggyac Elements and Evidence of Horizontal Transfer in Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus)"
  2. Second place: Juliet Tang
    Mississippi State University (MSU)
    "Assembling a Novel Fungal Genome from Short Read Sequencing Data"
  3. Third place: Aleksandra Markovets
    Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU)
    "Promoter Prediction in Halothiobacillus Neapolitanus C2 based on stress-induced DNA duplex destabilization"


Poster Presentations

Biological Focus

  1. First place:Neal Platt
    Mississippi State University
    "Recognition, Categorization, and Characterization of Transposable Elements in a Non-muroid Rodent: Spermophilus Tridecemlineatus"
  2. Second place: Gabrielle Cooper
    Jackson State University
    "West Nile Virus Infection in Humans: Trends from 2003-2008 in Mississippi and its Neighboring States"
  3. Third place: Mais Ammari
    Mississippi State University
    "Computational Analysis of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Infected Monocytes: Identification of Cytopathic and Non-Cytopathic Strain Differences."


Computational Focus

  1. First place: Vijender Chaitankar
    University of Southern Mississippi
    "Transcriptional time lagged information approach to improving the accuracy of gene regulatory network reconstruction"
  2. Second place: Lakshmi Pillai
    Mississippi State University
    "GORIF: A Tool for Generifs to Gene Ontology"
  3. Third place: Christy Gearheart
    University of Louisville
    "Design of a DNA-Based Shift Register"


Call for Participation

Participants presenting either a poster or a talk will be eligible to submit a manuscript for publication in the Conference Proceedings.
As in previous years, we plan to publish the proceedings in BMC Bioinformatics, a highly-ranked open-access journal.
For 2010, we are featuring a track on applications of computing in biology, intended for practicing biologists who are using computing or computerized equipment in their work.


The conference is open to all topics within the areas of bioinformatics and computational biology. For 2010, we are featuring a track of applications of computing in biology, intended for practicing biologists who are using computing or computerized equipment in their work.

Based on abstract submissions and suggestions that we receive (see below), technical sessions and panel discussions will be chosen. Topics include sequence analysis, image processing, microarrays analysis, protein structure/function prediction, gene finding algorithms, genomics, metagenomics, pathway analysis, systems biology and metabolic/cellular simulations and applications. Other bioinformatics topics are also welcome.
View the program

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to honor the following keynote speakers:

  • Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D.
    Head, Comparative Genetics Section, National Human Genome Research Institute
  • Clayton Naeve, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Robert Cottingham
    Leader, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Click here for biographical sketches of the keynote speakers.


We are also happy to provide the following workshops (free with conference registration) on Friday, Feb. 19.

  • Clayton Naeve, Ph.D., Dan McGoldrick, Ph.D, and Caroline Obert, Ph.D.
    Next Generation Sequencing Laboratories and their IT Requirements
  • Jeffery Cook
    Bioinformatics Tools


The 2010 MCBIOS conference was held in Centennial Hall in the Student Union building on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, AR, located in northeast Arkansas near the Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky borders.

Student Participation

Students were invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or posters. Student awards for best posters and oral presentations were presented on Saturday, February. The awards are sponsored by the Great Plains Network (
To be awarded, the work must be presented (in either poster or oral presentation) by the student(s), one of whom must be listed as the first author, and one of whom must be present for the Saturday afternoon award ceremony.