Technology advances Human Cell Atlas

Technology advances Human Cell Atlas

Illuminate newsletter index page, June 2018
June 2018

Matt Ritchie and Kim-Anh Le Cao
(L-R) Bioinformaticians Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao from the University
of Melbourne and Dr Matt Ritchie from the Institute.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has announced support for two Melbourne software projects in a global effort to create the Human Cell Atlas (HCA).

The HCA is a world-first project aiming to map every cell in the body as a resource for understanding, preventing and treating disease.

Bioinformaticians Dr Matt Ritchie from the Institute and Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao from the University of Melbourne were the only Australian-based researchers to receive support from the CZI.

Transforming data into discoveries

Dr Ritchie said the tools would guide single-cell researchers in the choice of the method most suited to their dataset, with the aim of avoiding incorrect and misleading results.

“My project CellBench will enable researchers to compare the performance of top data analysis methods and choose the best application for their work,” Dr Ritchie said.

Dr Lê Cao’s mixOmics project will offer sophisticated new computational methods that combine layers of molecular information to give researchers a complete picture of what distinguishes cells in the body.

“Transforming data into knowledge requires powerful analytical methods. Our software projects will support researchers in making new discoveries from these data,” Dr Lê Cao said.

CZI co-founder Dr Priscilla Chan said the distinguished group of grantees would help to progress the goal of curing, preventing, or managing all diseases by the end of the century.