American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Levin Lecture Series: Fall 2019 Colloquium Seminars
Department of Biostatistics
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University



Dr. Pei Wang
Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Host: Zhezhen Jin


Tumor tissue samples often contain an unknown fraction of normal cells. This problem well known as tumor purity heterogeneity (TPH) was recently recognized as a severe issue in omics studies. Specifically, if TPH is ignored when inferring co-expression networks, edges are likely to be estimated among genes with mean shift between normal and tumor cells rather than among gene pairs interacting with each other in tumor cells. To address this issue, we propose TSNet a new method which constructs tumor-cell specific gene/protein co-expression networks based on gene/protein expression profiles of tumor tissues. TSNet treats the observed expression profile as a mixture of expressions from different cell types and explicitly models tumor purity percentage in each tumor sample. The advantage of TSNet over existing methods ignoring TPH is illustrated through extensive simulation examples. We then apply TSNet to estimate tumor specific co-expression networks based on ovarian cancer expression profiles. We identify novel co-expression modules and hub structure specific to tumor cells.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Location: Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
722 West 168th Street
AR Building
Hess Commons
New York, New York

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