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Biodiversity Cell Atlas Meeting

Biodiversity Cell Atlas MeetingBiodiversity Cell Atlas Meeting



May 15th, 2023

08h30 Registration

09h15 Welcome & Organizers Introduction to the Biodiversity Cell Atlas initiative

Session 1: Considerations towards a BCA from the perspective of large-scale cell atlasing projects

Chair: Amos Tanay

09h30 Stein Aerts (VIB Leuven) - The Fly Cell Atlas
09h40 Sarah Teichmann (Wellcome Sanger Institute) - Cell atlasing ecology and biology
09h50 Aviv Regev (Broad Institute) - TBD
10h00 Seung Yon Rhee (Carnegie Institution) - The Plant Cell Atlas
10h10 Discussion and questions

10h25 Coffee break

Session 2: Considerations towards a BCA from the perspective of biodiversity genomics projects

Chair: Heather Marlow

10h55 Harris Lewin (UC Davis) - The Earth Biogenome Project
11h05 Mark Blaxter (Wellcome Sanger Institute) - Single-cell sequence locally, think globally
11h15 Sadye Paez (Rockefeller University) - Ethical and equitable considerations for the Biodiversity Cell Atlas
11h25 Mara Lawniczak (Wellcome Sanger Institute) - TBD
11h35 Discussion and questions

Session 3: Comparative study of cell type diversity and evolution

Chair: Arnau Sebe-Pedros

11h50 Detlev Arendt (EMBL) - Animal diversity and cell type evolution
12h00 Tom Richards (Oxford University) - Using atlas approaches to understand protist interactions
12h10 Ulrich Technau (Vienna University) - Cnidarian developmental cell atlases
12h20 Ina Arnone (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn) - Sea urching developmental single-cell atlas
12h30 Heather Marlow (Chicago University) - Comparative Analysis of Cell Identity Networks
12h40 Jake Musser (Yale University) - Profiling cellular diversity in sponges informs animal cell type and nervous system evolution
12h50 Discussion and questions

Sponsor talk

13h05 Agnieszka Ciesielska (10x Genomics) - Discover the future of biology

13h15 Lunch

Session 4: Experimental challenges of the BCA

Chair: Mara Lawniczak

14h30 Allon Klein (Harvard University) - Single-cell transcriptomics: general considerations for the Biodiversity Cell Atlas
14h40 Nikolaus Rajewsky (MDC) - Spatial Omics in 3D
14h50 Holger Heyn (CNAG-CRG) - Benchmarking single-cell genomics technologies
15h00 Jordi Solana (Oxford Brookes University) - Cell fixation strategies for non-model organism scRNA-seq profiling
15h10 Hanh Vu (EMBL) - Soft and squishy isn't always easy: towards high-quality single-nucleus transcriptomic atlases of different planarian species
15h20 Susana Coelho (MPI Tübingen) - Brown algae cell atlas - Challenges of single-cell genomics with cell walls
15h30 Lauren Saunders (DFKZ) - Opportunities and challenges for quantifying single cells with individual animal resolution
15h40 Arnau Sebe-Pedros (CRG) - Single-cell genomics sampling from the wild with minimal infrastructure
15h50 Discussion and questions

16h05 Coffee break

Session 5: Data analysis and integration for the BCA

Chair: Detlev Arendt

16h35 Amos Tanay (Weizmann Institute of Science) - Comparative single-cell data analysis: integrating and standardizing the Biodiversity Cell Atlas
16h45 Yuyao Song (EBI) - Single Cell Expression Atlas: computational analyses across species
16h55 Jaime Huerta-Cepas (CBGP) - Large-scale comparative genomics for the Biodiversity Cell Atlas
17h05 Roderic Guigó (CRG) - The impact of partial genome annotations for comparative single-cell analyses
17h15 Discussion and questions

Session 6: Peripheral vision - applications of the BCA

Chair: Roderic Guigo

17h30 Mafalda Dias/Jonathan Frazer (CRG) - Leveraging genetic variation across evolutionary timescales
17h40 Manuel Irimia (CRG) - Comparative analysis of gene expession
17h50 Miki Ebisuya (EMBL) - A stem cell zoo reveals species-specific biophysical parameters
18h00 Casey Dunn (Yale University) - The unification of phylogenetics, population biology, and developmental cell lineages: same tree, different scales