SINGLE CELL REGULATORY NETWORKS IN DEVELOPMENT AND DISEASE
Heterogeneity of cell populations in their response to environmental cues and crosstalk between cells are vital aspects of many biological processes. However, important differences between individual cells are averaged out in the bulk analysis of molecular features, e.g. by sequencing approaches. This is a fundamental limitation in many current studies because highly relevant information is lost about the differences between cell types and their response to perturbances (knock-down/-out, over-expression, drug treatment).
To address these shortcomings and answer associated research questions, single-cell “omics” methods (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics and metabolomics) are emerging. They can be integrated with imaging technologies in spatially resolved omics and present a fundamentally new approach to understand life. Successful progress in this area requires focused interdisciplinary cooperation between technology developers, data analyst and bioinformaticians,
SPATIALLY RESOLVED TRANSCRIPTOMICS IN HEIDELBERG
The project „START-HD: Spatially resolved transcriptomics in Heidelberg“ is an explorer project funded by the Research Council of the University of Heidelberg since 2020. Researchers of EMBL, DKFZ and Heidelberg University are jointly establishing a new spatial transcriptomic method in Heidelberg.