Ascona Workshop 2017

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Ascona 2017

Statistical Challenges in Single-Cell Biology


Driven by biotechnological developments that enable single-cell handling and measurements on a genome-wide scale, single-cell profiles are now generated widely and rapidly. Single-cell approaches allow for probing biological systems at an unprecedented level of detail. For the first time, we can manipulate single cells and investigate variation among individual cells and inter-cellular interactions on the molecular level.

This interdisciplinary workshop is intended to be a forum for the dissemination of cutting-edge biotechnological and computational developments and the identification of open data analysis problems and solutions. Targeted areas for the workshop include: novel experimental techniques for single-cell analysis, statistical models of cell-to-cell variation, data integration, and applications of single-cell genomics to somatic variation in development and disease.


Schedule (PDF, 34 KB)

Abstract book (PDF, 7.8 MB)


April 30 to May 5, 2017


Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verita, Ascona, Switzerland

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Nicola Aceto (University of Basel)
  • Kobi Benenson (ETH Zurich)
  • Bernd Bodenmiller (University of Zurich)
  • Raphael Gottardo (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
  • Takashi Hiiragi (EMBL Heidelberg)
  • Peter Kharchenko (Harvard Medical School)
  • Prisca Liberali (FMI Basel)
  • John Marioni (Cancer Research UK, Cambridge)
  • Nick Navin  (MD Anderson)
  • Magnus Rattray (University of Manchester)
  • Oliver Stegle (EMBL-EBI Hinxton)
  • Valérie Taly (Paris Descartes)


Organizing committee

Niko Beerenwinkel, Peter Bühlmann, Wolfgang Huber

CSF award

The Congressi Stefano Franscini sponsors an award to a young
scientists for the best presentation at the conference. This year it was awarded to Maria Florescu, Utrecht University, and Geoffrey Schiebinger, Broad Institute.

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