Call for Papers

When biology gets personal: Hidden challenges of Privacy and Ethics in Biological Big Data

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

January 3-7, 2019

Fairmont Orchid Resort, Kohala Coast


Biological data acquisition technologies are advancing at an increasing pace. With decreasing cost of DNA sequencing technologies, the number and the size of the available genomic datasets have exponentially increased and become available to broader audiences. This session will explore the unique privacy and ethical challenges related to the storage, processing, and sharing of individuals’ biological data generated by multitude of technologies including but not limited to genomics, proteomics, metagenomics, bioimaging, biosensors, and personal health trackers. The mission is to bring together computational biologists, experimental biologists, computer scientists, ethicists, and policy and lawmakers to share ideas, discuss the challenges related to biological data and privacy and hopefully create collaborations.

Session Topics:

Examples of topics within the scope of this session include but are not limited to: 

Session Organizers:

Contact: Gamze Gursoy, Yale University;

Erman Ayday, Case Western Reserve University;

Steven E. Brenner, University of California, Berkeley;

Arif O. Harmanci, University of Texas, Houston;

Haixu Tang, Indiana University, Bloomington;

Important Dates:

Paper submission due: August 6, 2018 

Notification of paper acceptance: September 14, 2018

Camera-ready final paper deadline: October 1, 2018

Poster abstract submission due: November 12, 2018

Paper Format and Submission:

Please see the PSB paper format template and instructions at The submitted papers are reviewed and accepted on a competitive basis. They will be published in PSB proceedings, which are Open Access.

Poster Format and Submission:

Poster presenters will be provided with an easel and a poster board 32"W x 40"H (80x100cm). One poster from each paid participant is permitted.