About Student Symposium

ISCB SC RSG Turkey has become a paramount student initiative, organizing events that contribute to the developing computational biology and bioinformatics society in Turkey. We organize student symposiums attracting undergraduate and graduate students since 2012. We have been organizing our symposiums as satellite meetings to HiBiT (International Symposium on Health Informatics and Bioinformatics), which is the biggest bioinformatics meeting in Turkey. Being less formal and student-oriented organization, our student symposiums have been successful in encouraging early career researchers to meet and exchange their expertise in the area. Indeed, thanks to the previous symposiums, the active core members of the RSG Turkey has been growing regularly. So far, we had the symposiums in Cappadocia, Ankara, Mugla, Cyprus, Antalya and Izmir with the participation of students from different parts of Turkey.

This year, due to the COVID19 pandemic we are planning to organize a student symposium as a satellite virtual meeting to HiBiT 2020 to reach young researchers in Turkey. Unlike the previous symposiums, we extended the duration of the symposium for one more day and attempted to organize a hands-on workshop for the first time. We expect this year’s symposium will be as attractive as in previous years meeting for researchers. We hope one day to meet you at a student symposium without any health concerns!

We also thank ISCB SC and HIBIT 2020 Committee for their kind support.


Is Bioinformatics Worth It?

Dr. Abdullah Kahraman
University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Pathology and Molecular Pathology

Bioinformatics is a relatively your research field. Its potential and impact are mostly underestimated by other researchers, educational institutions, and state representatives. In scientific collaborations, bioinformatics is often regarded as a technical service having less importance than the wet lab experiments. However, with the increasing digitalization of biological and clinical labs and with the advent of high-throughput technologies, this is clearly changing. The bottleneck in most experiments nowadays lies with data analysis and interpretation rather than the generation of biological data. Hence, the demand for bioinformatics and skilled bioinformatician is drastically increasing. I hope that in this talk I can convince you why it is worth dedicating your career to bioinformatics and why this is so important for Turkey.

How To Avoid Learning Statistics?

Dr. Pınar Pir
Gebze Technical University, Department of Bioengineering

Bioinformatics is based on data, statistics, modelling and computer programming. Most bioinformatics tools provide excellent interfaces to help users avoid computer programming, although most users soon realize that programming skills are essential for more sophisticated and customised analysis. But how about avoiding statistics? Can you choose the right tool or right parameters without understanding the mathematics behind our analysis method? Can you interpret your results correctly without understanding the assumptions made in your analysis? I will give few examples to demonstrate that, with a little effort, you can master the mathematical foundations of the methods you use every day in your work. I will try to convince you that it is very rewarding to devote some time into learning statistics and modelling while building your career in bioinformatics.


09.30 – 09.40Opening Speech
09.40 – 10.00Annual Report and Community Presentation
10.00 – 10.45Keynote Speaker
Abdullah Kahraman: Is Bioinformatics Worth It?
10.45 – 11.00Short Break
11.00 – 11.45Student Presentations
Selim Kalaycı – ProNetView-ccRCC: An interactive visual exploration portal for clear renal cell carcinoma proteogenomics networks
Esra Başaran – Impact of Pan-Cancer Mutation profiles in signaling pathways through phosphorylation events
11.45 – 12.00Poster Awards of HIBIT 2020
12.00 – 13.00Lunch & Networking
13.00 – 14.30Workshop Session
Etka Yapar: Introduction to R programming
14.30 – 15.00Short Break
15.00 – 16.30Workshop Session (cont.)
Etka Yapar: Introduction to R programming
16.30 – 16.35Closing


09.50 – 10.00Opening Speech
10.00 – 10.45Keynote Speaker
Pınar Pir: How To Avoid Learning Statistics
10.45 – 11.00Short Break
11.00 – 12.00Student Presentations
Eda Şamiloğlu – Modeling the impact of designer mutations on SARS-CoV-2 and ACE2 interactions
12.00 – 13.00Lunch & Networking
13.00 – 14.00Workshop Session
Ulaş Işıldak: Machine learning with R programming
14.00 – 14.30Short Break
14.30 – 15.30Workshop Session (cont.)
Ulaş Işıldak: Machine learning with R programming
15.30 – 15.45Workshop Q & A or Short Break
15.45 – 17.00Workshop Session (cont.)
Melike Dönertaş: Data visualization with ggplot
17.00 – 17.05Closing