Vector Institute Postgraduate Affiliate Program

Dr. Laleh Ghoraie, Petr Smirnov and Ian Smith are now officially members of the Vector Institute Postgraduate Affiliate Program. Established this year, the program will foster collaboration and contributions among students and researchers with expertise in deep learning as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence more broadly.

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Accelerating Precision Medicine Conference 2018

Arvind Mer, Vandana Sandhu and Venkata Manem give poster presentations at the Accelerating Precision Medicine Conference 2018. 


  • Pre-Clinical Assessment of Radiation Response using in-vitro data (Dr. Venkata Manem)


  • Pre-Clinical Assessment of Radiation Response using in-vitro data (Dr. Venkata Manem)
  • Meta-analysis of transcriptomic profiles identifies prognostic model for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients (Dr. Vandana Sandhu)
  • Comprehensive Assessment of Large Scale Patient Derived Xenografts Data (Dr. Arvind Mer)


  • Dr. Vandana Sandhu wins Best Poster award in Accelerating Precision Medicine Conference 2018 


PharmacoDB version 1.1.1 is released

PharmacoDB 1.1.1 stable is released.

  • Features:
  • Bugs:
    • Previous database version contained an error matching the gene-drug associations to the datasets. It is specifically known that the, FIMM and CTRPv2 datasets were incorrectly labeled. This has been corrected in the newest dump. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1143644
    • Fixed a bug with outputting the gene-drug table to a csv where the mDataType column was missing.
    • Added a tissue column to the gene drug table.

Release notes are available at



PharmacoDB version 1.1.0 is released

PharmacoDB 1.1.0 stable is released.

  • Features:
    • Added search feature to the tables in the genes and drugs pages.
    • Biomarker table in drugs page is now automatically sorted by p-value.
    • Increased the number of decimal points in the summary statistics table to make it consistent with the exported csv values.
  • Bugs:
    • Fixed incorrect bar plot title in tissues page.
    • Fixed a bug with the sidebar.

Release notes are available at


Rene Quevedo presents at Illumina Sequencing Seminar

Rene Quevedo gives a talk titled Screening Pseudo Allele Specific Copy-Number Profiles Using Shallow Whole Genome Sequencing at the Illumina Benchtop Sequencing Seminar, Toronto, Canada, 2017

Michal joins the lab for a 6-month internship

Michal Zulcinski will pursue his MSc thesis in the lab by designing new statistics to quantify similarity between binary matrices and apply these for pathway-based classification.