American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Biostatistics Seminar



John Quackenbush
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health

NETWORK AND STATE SPACE MODELS:
SCIENCE AND SCIENCE FICTION
APPROACHES TO CELL FATE PREDICTIONS

Two trends are driving innovation and discovery in biological sciences: technologies that allow holistic surveys of genes, proteins, and metabolites and a realization that biological processes are driven by complex networks of interacting biological molecules. However, there is a gap between the gene lists emerging from genome sequencing projects and the network diagrams that are essential if we are to understand the link between genotype and phenotype. ‘Omic’ technologies such as DNA microarrays were once heralded as providing a window into those networks, but so far their success has been limited, in large part because the high-dimensional they produce cannot be fully constrained by the limited number of measurements and in part because the data themselves represent only a small part of the complete story. To circumvent these limitations, we have developed methods that combine ‘omic’ data with other sources of information in an effort to leverage, more completely, the compendium of information that we have been able to amass.

Here we will present a number of approaches we have developed, including an integrated database that collects clinical, research, and public domain data and synthesizes it to drive discovery and an application of seeded Bayesian Network analysis applied to gene expression data that deduces predictive models of network response.

Looking forward, we will examine more abstract state-space models that may have potential to lead us to a more general predictive, theoretical biology.


Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
307 East 63rd Street
(between First and Second Avenues)
Basement Conference Room
New York, New York

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