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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

M O L E C U L A R & C O M P U TAT I O NA L B I O LO G Y
FAC U LT Y C A N D I DAT E S E R I E S

Daniel Wagner, PhD


from
Harvard Medical School
Department of Systems Biology
will present on

"Single-cell decomposition of
vertebrate cell fate hierarchies
and control logic”

Abstract: A fundamental motivation in developmental


biology is to understand the detailed molecular
progression of cellular lineages, from pluripotency to
Monday, February 4, 2019 adulthood. Here, using zebrafish as a model, I
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm demonstrate how recent advances in high-throughput
single-cell transcriptomics can now facilitate unbiased
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reconstruction of whole-embryo developmental fate
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landscapes. This "landscape" view provides a
comprehensive molecular atlas of the emerging
vertebrate body plan, facilitating cell-by-cell or tissue-
by-tissue gene discovery efforts, and also enabling
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quantitative whole-embryo mapping of mutant
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phenotypes cell lineage relationships. I will discuss new
Sergey Nuzhdin, PhD topological insights gained from this view of
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development, new opportunities for decoding messy
"salt & pepper" fate specification events, and new
opportunities for comparative studies of cell fate control
mechanisms.