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The ISSCR launches new digital scientific series on computational stem cell biology

International Society for Stem Cell Research

Scientific Meeting Announcement

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is launching a new three-part digital series on Computational Stem Cell Biology starting 15 March, 2021. This series is part of the Society's growing portfolio of topic-specific digital scientific programming for members - also offered to non-members for fee. All ISSCR Digital programs are available live and on-demand.

This series explores the groundbreaking advances in RNA- and DNA-sequencing and bioinformatic technologies that have presented stem cell biologists with new insights into complex biological, developmental, and disease processes. This programming focuses on the latest developments in this rapidly advancing field.

Part 1: Exploring Stem Cells with Single Cell and Combinatorial Analyses
15 March, 2021
02:00 EDT

With the ability to perturb and molecularly characterize cells at the single-cell resolution comes a new ability to combinatorially explore cell fate at a completely different scale. We will discuss how the evolving single-cell tool-kit and the associated computational tools allow us to understand and control cell fate in new ways, from the emergence of previously uncovered cell-states to the high-throughput screening of transcriptional and genetic perturbations. The session will include presentations from experts in the field and an open discussion on future directions and opportunities.


  • Owen Rackham, PhD, Duke-NUS, Singapore
  • Jay Shin, D. Sci., RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Japan


  • Hui Ting (Grace) Yeo, PhD, Genome Institute of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sarah Pierce, BS, Stanford University, USA
  • Jay Shin, D. Sci., RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Japan


  • Jose M. Polo, PhD, Monash University, Australia

    Part 2: Reference Maps for Stem Cell Biology
    31 March, 2021
    02:30 EDT


  • Samantha Morris, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
  • Christine Wells, PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia


  • Melissa Little, PhD, GAI, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia
  • Barbara Treutlein, PhD, ETH Zürich, Germany
  • Shila Ghazanfar, PhD, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, UK

    Part 3: Computational Models in Stem Cells and Development
    12 April, 2021
    14:30 EDT

    The advent of Big Data in biology has created major bottlenecks in translating data into knowledge. Computational modeling can alleviate this problem by providing a platform to explore, in silico, mechanistic models that explain a set of observations and that yield specific, testable hypotheses. In this webinar, three speakers will guide us through different classes and applications of computational models ranging from intra-cellular regulatory networks to multi-scale cell-based models of stem cells.


  • Patrick Cahan, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Peter Zandstra, PhD, The University of British Columbia, Canada


  • Sara-Jane Dunn, DPhil, DeepMind, UK
  • Himanshu Kaul, DPhil, The University of British Columbia, Canada

    Learn more and register for this program. Media may contact Kym Kilbourne at for complimentary access.


    About the International Society for Stem Cell Research

    With nearly 4,000 members from more than 60 countries, the International Society for Stem Cell Research is the preeminent global, cross-disciplinary, science-based organization dedicated to stem cell research and its translation to the clinic. The ISSCR mission is to promote excellence in stem cell science and applications to human health. Additional information about stem cell science is available at A Closer Look at Stem Cells, an initiative of the Society to inform the public about stem cell research and its potential to improve human health.

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