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[CANCELLED] Machine learning methods to identify tumor-immune microenvironments in spatial transcriptomics tumor data

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Headshot of Prof. Barbara Engelhardt - speaker

Barbara Engelhardt, PhD
Professor (Research), Department of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Statistics 

Friday, May 17, 2024 [Postponed to a later date]
11:00am - 12:00pm  
James H. Clark Center, Room S360, 3rd floor next to the Coffee Shop
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Abstract: 
Tumor-immune microenvironments (TIMEs) capture the state of cancer and the body's response to a solid tumor, and characterizing these TIMEs can lead to better treatment decision-making for the patient. Our work describes a machine learning method for identifying and characterizing TIMEs across spatial transcriptomic data, or 2D slices of solid tumors with spatially-resolved transcript markers identified at single-cell resolution. We apply our approach to three Merfish samples of colorectal tumors, and we find known and unknown TIMEs, and we characterize different types of TIMES and highlight their spatial organization and function. 

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