Kipoi - Seminar

The monthly virtual seminar series is designed as a platform for interested Kipoi users and developers and will host talks on the applications of deep learning on biological data. The seminar is held on every first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. CET. We are also happy to share the recordings of the seminar on YouTube.

How to take part

The Virtual Seminar Series takes place via Zoom. To take part in the seminar, you can register for the online Zoom conference here. Your personal join link will be valid for all upcoming lectures of the series.

How to apply as a speaker

The seminar is a great opportunity to present your recent work to a large international audience. If you want to apply as a speaker, please use the contact in the registration confirmation email.

Next seminar

Title: Effective gene expression prediction from sequence by integrating long-range interactions
3 November 2021 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Central European Summer Time

Speaker: Žiga Avsec, DeepMind, UK


How noncoding DNA determines gene expression in different cell types is a major unsolved problem, and critical downstream applications in human genetics depend on improved solutions. Here, we report substantially improved gene expression prediction accuracy from DNA sequence through the use of a new deep learning architecture called Enformer that is able to integrate information from long-range interactions (up to 100 kb away) in the genome. This improvement yielded more accurate variant effect predictions on gene expression for both natural genetic variants and saturation mutagenesis measured by massively parallel reporter assays. Furthermore, Enformer learned to predict enhancer–promoter interactions directly from the DNA sequence competitively with methods that take direct experimental data as input. We expect that these advances will enable more effective fine-mapping of human disease associations and provide a framework to interpret cis-regulatory evolution.

Upcoming speakers

  • 3 November 2021 - Žiga Avsec, DeepMind, London
  • 1 December 2021 - TBD

Previous speakers