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Our Research Topic in Frontiers in Genetics is accepted and online!

Nov. 29, 2023—Our Research Topic “Towards a More Complete and Accurate Personal Genome Sequence: Methods and Use Cases” in Frontier in Genetics” is accepted and online! We welcome all forms of submissions: Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Method Articles, Case Reports, Mini Review Articles, Code, Book Reviews, General Commentaries, Perspectives, Hypotheses & Theories. The aim of the...

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We received a supplement award for our NIH grant!

Aug. 2, 2023—Our R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) supplement proposal was funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences! Many thanks for the support!

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Our paper ADEPT has just been accepted to the journal iScience!

Apr. 27, 2023—Our paper “ADEPT: autoencoder with differentially expressed genes and imputation for a robust spatial transcriptomics clustering“, has just been accepted to the journal iScience.

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Congratulations to Yunfei (Oliver) for receiving the 2022-2023 Graduate School Travel Grant~

Mar. 20, 2023—Congratulations to Yunfei (Oliver) for receiving the 2022-2023 Graduate School Travel Grant~ He will present his work “ADEPT: autoencoder with differentially expressed genes and imputation for a robust spatial transcriptomics clustering” in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 15th at RECOMB-Seq. https://recomb-seq.github.io/program/

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Yunfei (Oliver) and Yuying paper is accepted by the conference RECOMB-Seq!

Mar. 1, 2023—Congrats to Yunfei (Oliver) Hu and Yuying Zhao (from Prof. Derr’s lab)! Their paper, “ADEPT: autoencoder with differentially expressed genes and imputation for a robust spatial transcriptomics clustering” has been selected as a proceedings track paper for RECOMB-Seq 2023 and is also being considered for publication in iScience. https://recomb-seq.github.io/program/  

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We received funding support from Vanderbilt Brain Institute!

Feb. 9, 2023—A Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) initiative of Vanderbilt Brain Institute has been developed to promote collaboration in Novel Ideas in Neuroscience, to provide support to investigators focused on cutting-edge approaches, both innovative ideas and tool development, and to provide seed funding that may serve as a foundation for future extramural support. We are one of the...

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Can’s paper is published by the conference IEEE BIBM!

Jan. 26, 2023—Congrats to Can, Parth, and Henry! Their paper, “Haplotype-phasing of long-read HiFi data to enhance structural variant detection through a Skip-Gram model.” has just been published by the IEEE BIBM conference proceedings: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9995293

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We received funding support from Complete Genomics for stLFR research!

Dec. 16, 2022—Our lab has received $120k+ from Complete Genomics Inc, a leader in human genome sequencing. The project aims to improve computational tools for assembly and genome-wide variant detection using a most recent DNA sequencing technology, called single-tube long fragment read (stLFR) sequencing. Vanderbilt engineering professor receives over $2 million in funding for genome sequencing research...

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Congratulations to Can for receiving the 2022-2023 Graduate School Travel Grant~

Dec. 12, 2022—Congratulations to Can for receiving the 2022-2023 Graduate School Travel Grant~ She just presented her work “Haplotype-phasing of long-read HiFi data to enhance structural variant detection through a Skip-Gram model” at Las Vegas for IEEE BIBM.

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Maizie is invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Spatial Biology Congress~

Dec. 12, 2022—Maizie is invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Spatial Biology Congress on 8th-9th June 2023 in Boston, USA.

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Yunfei and Yichen pass their CS PhD prelim exams~

Nov. 16, 2022—Yunfei and Yichen pass their CS Ph.D. prelim exams~

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Maizie is invited to give a DS talk at TSU ~

Nov. 14, 2022—Maizie has been invited to give a data science talk titled “Big genomic data: algorithm design and applications” on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at the Department of Computer Science of Tennessee State University.

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Yunfei (Oliver) and Chao’s review paper is accepted by the book series Methods in Molecular Biology!

Nov. 9, 2022—Congrats to Yunfei (Oliver) and Chao (From Prof. Zhang’s lab)! Their paper, “Haplotyping-Assisted Diploid Assembly and Variant Detection with Linked Reads.” has just been published by the book series Methods in Molecular Biology. Thanks to Dr. Brock Peters from Complete Genomics Inc for revising and editing this paper. 

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Congratulations to Henry for being nominated for Google PhD Fellowship by Vandy internal selection~

Oct. 6, 2022—Congratulations to Yichen (Henry)!  His Google PhD Fellowship application titled Neural mechanisms of cognitive plasticity revealed with deep learning methods has been chosen and nominated for one of four limited submissions by the internal selection. Good luck!

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Maizie is confirmed and approved to be an Affiliate Scientist by WaNPRC~

Oct. 3, 2022—Maizie has been confirmed and approved to be an Affiliate Scientist by the Neuroscience Unit of Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC). We are excited to participate in a collaborative project there!

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