The first annual Bioinformatics retreat was awesome.


We had our first annual Bioinformatics Retreat this past spring! It was held at the Boone Center of the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island, where the hosts were wonderful (including the Island foxes), and the balance of work and play was perfect.

On the first day, we unpacked and promptly boarded some kayaks so we could head to Two Harbors and play some beach volleyball. It was a close match between Team Superior and Team Inferior. Team Inferior won, although Team Superior had the clear MVP. Unfortunately, we don’t have photos from this day because no one wanted to let their camera go for a swim.

On the second day, we had a series of awesome student talks. Because we had less than 20 people in attendance, student talks were an hour long and informal, allowing for discussion and questions throughout rather than just for a few minutes at the end. We not only received research suggestions from the audience, but also critiques on our presentation style. This was a great help, as most of us are in the early stages of our Ph.D. and we don’t typically get this feedback at retreats or conferences. For dinner we went to the only restaurant in Two Harbors, followed by the only bar in Two Harbors, and fun was had by all.

Stay tuned for a link to the abstracts from our talks.

Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure:


USC’s beautiful harbor, just a short kayak ride or walk away from Two Harbors


Enjoying Kai’s talk


Hiking to the only restaurant in Two Harbors


Dinner in Two Harbors. Their clam chowder is THE BEST


On the hike home from dinner we saw shooting stars!


Bogdan with his game face on


A normal group shot…


… and naturally, a silly one.

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