Single Cell Analysis Symposium

March 12, 2014 @ the University of Pennsylvania

Hold the date for this all-day symposium. Speakers include Nancy Allbritton, Helen Blau, Chi Dang, Jim Eberwine, Junhyong Kim, Christopher Murray, Garry Nolan, Arjun Raj and Sherman Weissman.

More details and registration here for this free event.


The next frontier in the genome sciences will be developing technology that captures novel quantitative biological measurements ... more about genomics

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    Brian D. Gregory Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biology, U. of Penn

    "A link between RNA metabolism and silencing"

    April 21, 2009
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    application due April 8th
    “Single Cell Manipulations Using Laser Capture Micro Dissection”
    May 11, 2009
  • Brian Oliver received his Ph.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1988 where he worked in the Anthony Mahowald laboratory on oogenesis. He did postdoctoral work on sex determination at Stanford University in the laboratory of Bruce Baker. He took a group leader position at the University of Marseille in 1991 where he focused on germline sex determination. He joined the Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology of NIDDK in 1995, where he is now chief of the section of Developmental Genomics.

    For information about Dr.Oliver's Research:
    Brian Oliver, Ph.D.
    Developmental Genomics Section
    NIDDK, National Institutes of Health
    May 19, 2009
  • "Adaptive Prediction of Environmental Changes by Micro-Organisms"

    Pilpel lab mission

    A systems level approach to gene expression regulation

    A central challenge faced by living cells is to allow for precise gene expression regulatory programs to take place in spite of environmental variations, genetic changes and stochasticity of the internal cellular environment. Gene expression is regulated by control of transcription, RNA degradation, translational and protein degradation. Our lab, by applying genome wide computational approaches, backed-up by in house laboratory experiments, devotes itself to both establishing an in-depth understanding of the different processes controlling gene expression, and to understand how these processes are orchestrated to establish robustness of the regulatory code. To this end, we established dictionaries of the cis-regulatory sequences motifs controlling the initiation of transcription and, thus mRNA synthesis in several organisms. In complement, we perform micro-array experiments combined with computational analysis to determine how mRNA life times are encoded by the 3'-UTR sequence elements associated with their genes. For more information on Dr. Pilpel

    Yitzhak (Tzachi) Pilpel, Ph.D.
    Department of Molecular Genetics,
    Weizmann Institute of Science
    June 16, 2009
  • "Instructing Our Own Cells: Repairing Bodies & Restoring Health"

    Join us for a free lecture and discussion on genomics-based stem cell research and its potential for regenerative medicine. This 2-hour event will feature talks given by leading researchers and will culminate with a panel of experts addressing questions from the audience. Everyone is welcome. The cost is free, but registration is recommended. To reserve your seat, please call the Franklin Institute's registration line at 215-448-1254.

    Can't be there? Watch the webcast live here.

    Past public lectures: Genomics-enabled personalized medicine

    September 30, 2009
  • Dr Claire Fraser-Liggett
    Department of Systems Biology
    Harvard Medical School

    3:00-4:00PM Reunion Hall JMB Building
    October 20, 2009
  • Dr Joshua Akey
    Assistant Professor of Genome Science
    University of Washington

    3:00-4:00PM Reunion Hall JMB Building

    November 17, 2009
  • Susan Davidson, Weiss Professor, Computer and Information Science,

    "Provenance and Scientific Workflows"

    December 15, 2009
  • Junhyong Kim, Ph.D.

    Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Endowed Professor of Biology Co-Director, Penn Genome Frontiers Institute

    **Please note the location for January's Seminar will be held in BRB Auditorium**

    January 19, 2010
  • Robert Margolskee, MD, PhD

    Monell Chemical Senses Center

    Class of ‘62, JMB

    Role of taste signaling proteins in endocrine function

    February 16, 2010
  • Turning over a new leaf: miRNAs and developmental timing in plants
    Dr. Scott Poethig
    Patricia M. Williams Term Professor
    Department of Biology
    University of Pennsylvania

    (Due to unexpected circumstances, Dr. King's March seminar will be rescheduled for Fall 2010.)

    March 16, 2010
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    March 30, 2010
  • March 30, 2010 "Genomics and Health: Cradle to Grave", 6-8 PM at The Franklin Institute. Join us for this lecture and discussion about how genomics informs our understanding of age-dependent diseases. To register for this free event, call 215-448-1254.

    March 30, 2010
  • Dr. Raimond Winslow
    John Hopkins

    Web site

    April 20, 2010
  • Isidore Rigoutsos, Ph.D.
    Thomas Jefferson University

    **Please note that September's Seminar will be in Dunlop Auditorium, Stemmler Hall
    September 21, 2010
  • David Roos, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania

    October 19, 2010
    Special GCB student-invited PGFI seminar speaker:
    Eric Schadt, Ph.D.
    Pacific Biosciences

    November 16, 2010
  • Maja Bucan, Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania

    December 7, 2010
  • John L. Rinn, Ph.D.
    Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    January 18, 2011
  • Douglas C. Wallace, PhD

    Director, Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    Energyomics-Energenomics: A Mitochondrial Etiology of Complex Diseases

    (more about Dr. Wallace)

    February 15, 2011
  • Claire M Fraser-Liggett

    Director of Institute for Genomic Science and Professor of Medicine,
    University of Maryland School of Medicine



    April 19, 2011
  • Gene Robinson
    University of Illinois

    “Evolution of Insect Society: Eat, Drink and Be Scary”

    Monday, June 6th, 3pm
    Class of 62, John Morgan Building

    June 6, 2011
  • Sept. 20, 2011
    Special GCB student-invited PGFI seminar speaker:
    Dr. Christina Smolke
    Stanford University

    September 20, 2011
  • Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD

    University of California, San Francisco

    “Small RNA regulation of embryonic stem cells and early mammalian development”

    October 18, 2011
  • Dr. Norbert Perrimon Harvard Medical School Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    November 15, 2011

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Based at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Genome Frontiers Institute (PGFI) is a university-wide institute dedicated to the advancement of the interdisciplinary field of genomics research. PGFI fosters collaborations and scientific exchange across biology, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, medicine, genetics, microbiology, engineering, physics, chemistry and psychology. Our mission...