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SONA Webinar : From genetics to neurobiology through transcriptomic data analysis
Over the past years, genetic studies have uncovered hundreds of genetic variants to be associated with complex brain disorders. While this really represents a big step forward in understanding the genetic etiology of brain disorders, the functional interpretation of these variants remains challenging. We aim to help with the functional characterization of variants through transcriptomic data analysis. For instance, we rely on brain transcriptome atlases, such as Allen Brain Atlases, to infer functional relations between genes. One example of this is the identification of signaling mechanisms of steroid receptors. Further, by integrating brain transcriptome atlases with neuropathology and neuroimaging data, we identify key genes and pathways associated with brain disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease). With technological advances, we can now profile gene expression in single-cells at large scale. These developments have presented significant computational developments. Our lab focuses on developing scalable methods to identify cells in single-cell data through interactive visualization, scalable clustering, classification, and interpretable trajectory modelling. We also work on methods to integrate single-cell data across studies and technologies.

May 6, 2021 05:00 PM in Johannesburg

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