Computational biologists: moving to the driver’s seat

Computational biologists: moving to the driver’s seat Itai Yanai and Eva Chmielnicki Genome Biology201718:223 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13059-017-1357-1   Published: 23 November 2017 Abstract The recent shift of computational biologists from bioinformatics service providers to leaders of cutting-edge programs highlights the accompanying cultural and conceptual changes that should be implemented by funding bodies and academic institutions.

scDual-Seq

Genome Biol. 2017 Oct 27;18(1):200. doi: 10.1186/s13059-017-1340-x. scDual-Seq: mapping the gene regulatory program of Salmonella infection by host and pathogen single-cell RNA-sequencing. Avital G1,2, Avraham R3,4, Fan A3, Hashimshony T2, Hung DT3,5,6, Yanai I7. The interaction between a pathogen and a host is a highly dynamic process in which both agents activate complex programs. Here, we introduce a single-cell RNA-sequencing method,…

Development and evolution through the lens of global gene regulation

Trends in Genetics has published this review on the Yanai lab’s contributions to evo-devo. Evolution and development are two inherently intertwined processes. As the embryo develops it does so in ways that both reflect past constraints and bias the future evolution of the species. While research exploiting this insight typically studies individual genes, transcriptomic analyses have sparked…

BLIND

Several years ago, we presented the BLIND method which is able to determine the temporal order of transcriptomes in large datasets, thus allowing for the massive collection of samples, to be ordered at the analysis stage: Anavy L, Levin M, Khair S, Nakanishi N, Valverde SF, Degnan BM, and Yanai I. BLIND ordering of large-scale…

Developmental constraints

Zalts H and Yanai I. Developmental constraints shape the evolution of the nematode mid-developmental transition. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2017 doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0113 News & Views by Ronald E. Ellis Since the works of Ernst Haeckel and Karl Ernst von Baer in the 19th century, it has been recognized that a stage in mid-embryogenesis is remarkably conserved…

Rob Knight Seminar

  We are pleased to welcome Rob Knight for a seminar on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 for the inaugural lecture of microbiome seminar series. Rob Knight Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering University of California at San Diego “Spatial and temporal patterning of the human microbiome” 1:00pm – 2:00pm Refreshments at 12:30 Skirball…

NYU’s new Institute!

The Institute for Computational Medicine NYU School of Medicine’s Institute for Computational Medicine applies computational biology to medical challenges, tackling systems that are vast, complex, and dynamic. Our focus is on the fields of cancer biology, host-pathogen interactions, adaptive immune systems, and genetic diseases. We recognize opportunities in these disciplines require expertise in big-data analyses,…

Science book review

Joseph Swift has written a book review for ‘The Society of Genes’ in the March 25th issue of Science: “Despite the genome’s complexity, the authors are careful to keep the text accessible. Indeed, at times the reader may be reminded of those rare high-school teachers who could reveal the simple beauty hidden within abstract scientific theories.”…

Join the lab

We are excited to report that we have several openings in the Yanai Lab at the New York University’s School of Medicine. Our lab is currently situated in the West Alexandria tower (courtesy of the Institute of Systems Genetics), and we are scheduled to move into the 8th floor of the New Science Building in late…

Good Times!

A song for Harel A song for Gal Escape the Room! 2016     Foam Party! 2014 Lab photo 2013 Brainstorming Day 2014 Brainstorming Day 2013 Brainstorming Day 2012 Vlad’s bday 2012 Lab meeting Mustache party: Ronny’s Goodbye party Researcher’s Night at the Museum, 2009 Lab ‘worming’ party    

Moving to NYU!

After seven and a half wonderful years at the Technion, I have decided to accept a position at NYU to direct the Institute for Computational Medicine. I formally start there in May and the Technion lab will close in August. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work at the amazing Faculty of Biology…