This is the post-event Web site for PSB 2009.

Information on the upcoming PSB is now available. The PSB 2009 attendance list, electronic proceedings, and schedule are available. Please see below for more information.

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2009

The Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2009 was an international, multidisciplinary conference for the presentation and discussion of current research in the theory and application of computational methods in problems of biological significance. Papers and presentations were rigorously peer reviewed and were published in an archival proceedings volume. PSB 2009 was held January 5-9, 2009 at the Fairmont Orchid, Big Island of Hawaii.

PSB 2009 brought together top researchers from the US, the Asian Pacific nations, and around the world to exchange research results and address open issues in all aspects of computational biology. PSB is a forum for the presentation of work in databases, algorithms, interfaces, visualization, modeling and other computational methods, as applied to biological problems, with emphasis on applications in data-rich areas of molecular biology.

The PSB has been designed to be responsive to the need for critical mass in sub-disciplines within biocomputing. For that reason, it is the only meeting whose sessions are defined dynamically each year in response to specific proposals. PSB sessions are organized by leaders in the emerging areas, and targeted to provide a forum for publication and discussion of research in biocomputing's "hot topics." In this way, PSB provides an early forum for serious examination of emerging methods and approaches in this rapidly changing field.

PSB 2009 Sessions

Session Survey Tutorials were offered on January 5, 2009.

PSB 2009 Workshops

New this year! PSB offered two three-hour workshops on January 5, 2009. The workshops were created to provide an opportunity for a gathering that will not be based on peer-reviewed papers included in the proceedings book. The workshops consisted of presentations by invited speakers. Abstract submissions for the workshops were evaluated by the workshop co-chairs.

Peer Reviewed Papers

The core of the conference consists of rigorously peer-reviewed full-length papers reporting on original work. The online proceedings contain 100% of the papers. The 2009 bound proceedings volume is available for $75.00 plus shipping; if you are interested in purchasing it, please send an email to the PSB Coordinator at psb.hawaii @ The complete set of peer reviewed papers is available as a bound proceedings volume and can be ordered from World Scientific Press. See the original call for papers for more information.

Keynote speakers

Greg Hampikian, Professor of Biology and Criminal and Justice Director of the Idaho Innocence Project Boise State University, gave a keynote lecture entitled "DNA Don't Lie": How Bioinformatics freed some of my best friends, and sent the guilty to prison.

Drew Endy, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering Stanford University, gave a keynote lecture entitled Post-Synthesis Genetics & Engineering Biological Simplicity.


PSB gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors. We would like to offer a special thanks to the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health for their participation since the founding of the conference and for their commitment to travel support for PSB 1999, PSB 2000, PSB 2001, PSB 2002, PSB 2003, PSB 2004, PSB 2005, PSB 2006, PSB 2007, PSB 2008, and PSB 2009. PSB is affiliated with the International Society for Computational Biology.

Please visit our sponsors' websites and let them know you appreciate their support of PSB.

National Library of Medicine National Science Foundation International Society for Computational Biology

If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor of PSB, please email the PSB Coordinator at psb.hawaii @

Previous PSB Meetings

Information about previous PSB meetings, including the full electronic proceedings, is available.

For more information:

Tiffany Murray
PSB Coordinator
Department of Bioengineering
318 Campust Drive S170
Stanford, CA, USA 94305-5444

Telephone: (650) 725-0659 FAX: (650) 723-8544

Email: psb.hawaii @

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