Welcome to Chen Group at U Chicago!
Computational and statistical genomics
Our research group develop computational and statistical tools to address the challenges high-throughput genomics technologies have posed for data analysis and interpretation, particularly for data emerging from biomedical studies.
Single cell genomics
Most of our work focuses on accounting for unwanted variation due to technical artifacts from single cell experiments. Completed and ongoing projects include developing methods to:
The paradigm-shifting discoveries in RNA modifications have added RNA to the picture of dynamic regulation of gene expression through reversible chemical modifications. Successful transcriptome wide profiling of RNA modifications can significantly advance the frontier of epitranscriptomics research and associate epitranscriptomic variations with human health and diseases. We are developing methods for the following topics:
The cancer genome is characterized by genetic heterogeneity that is seen across tumor types, among samples of a particular type (inter-tumor heterogeneity) and within an individual tumor (intratumor heterogeneity). Understanding tumor heterogeneity is a prerequisite for personalized tumor diagnosis and treatment. We are developing methods for integrative tumor heterogeneity analysis using both single cell RNA sequencing and bulk tissue DNA sequencing data.
We welcome U Chicago students from the following programs (but not limited to): Human Genetics, GGSB, Statistics, Data Science and Biophysics. Postdoc positions are also available.
- 07/20/20 Welcome, Allison Rodas, a first-year from the College, to join us for summer research with a Presidents' Scholarship.
- 07/17/20 Tae successfully defended her PhD thesis! Congratulations!
- 07/13/20 Tae's HIPPO paper has been accepted in Genome Biology. Perfectly done!
- 06/26/20 We received an NSF DMS award to work on statistical methods for intra-tumor heterogeneity studies.
- 04/20/20 Welcome, Shuwen Fang, a sophomore from the College, to our lab!
- 04/10/20 Shun's REPIC paper has been accepted in Genome Biology. Good job, Shun! REPIC is an online database for m6A sequencing data to integrate with epigenetic features, available at: http://repicmod.uchicago.edu/repic/.
- 02/05/20 We received a pilot grant from Breast Cancer SPORE Developmental Research Program Projects.