Congratulations to students for recent achievements

2014-til-May 212


Ivan Kryukov graduated from the B.H.Sc. Bioinformatics program and joined the lab as a Ph.D. student with a prestigious four year doctoral fellowship in 'Omics from Alberta Innovates (AITF; May 2014). Ivan was also just accepted into the outstanding Workshop on Molecular Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratories at Wood's Hole this summer. Update: Upon graduating from the B.H.Sc. programme, Ivan was awarded the Silver Medallion in Bioinformatics (2014), the top award for a graduating student.

Aaron Mathankeri (B.Sc. Physics) left his post as lab mathematician and joined the lab as an M.Sc. student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program (May 2014). Update: Aaron has been awarded a CIHR Training Program Graduate Fellowship for his Masters work on mutational heterogeneity in cancer genomes.

Ph.D. student Arnab Saha Mandal gave one of only a few invited trainee talks at the CIHR Human and Statistical Genetics meeting in Victoria B.C. (May 2014).  Arnab was also just accepted into the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory summer course in the Genetics of Complex Diseases. Update: Arnab was awarded a prestigious Eyes High International Doctoral Scholarship in recognition of his academic success.

Ivan Kryukov, Arnab Saha Mandal, Aaron Mathankeri, Nathan Escandor, and Shams Bhuiyan all presented posters at the CIHR Human and Statistical Genetics meeting in Victoria B.C. (May 2014) and at our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Advance in Banff (April 2014).

Undergraduate research assistant extraordinare Nathan Escandor (B.H.Sc. Bioinformatics program) was awarded both a CIHR-ACHRI summer studentship and an OCSS summer studentship (May 2014).

Shams Bhuiyan successfully defended his Honours thesis in the B.H.Sc. Bioinformatics program (April 2014).

Hyperion arrives


Thanks to a generous grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a gift from Dell Canada, and matching funds from ACHRI, our lab's new 30+ TeraFLOP computing cluster, Hyperion, recently arrived and has been installed in the Faculty of Medicine's server facility.

Hyperion (and his little brother Ozymandias) together have 11 Intel Xeon Phi accelerators with a combined 660 CPU cores with 4X hyper threading (capable of running 2,640 simultaneous threads), 240 Intel Xeon CPUs (with 2X hyper threading, capable of running 480 simultaneous threads), Infiniband, about 50 TB of combined storage, and other advanced technologies. This new facility is being used for the development and analysis of algorithms for large-scale inference and data analysis of large genomic datasets.

For more information, see the University of Calgary's feature on Hyperion.