American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Biostatistics Seminar

Ronglai Shen
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Large-scale integrated cancer genome characterization efforts including the cancer genome atlas (TCGA) and the cancer cell line encyclopedia (CCLE) have created un- precedented opportunities to study cancer biology and discover therapeutic targets in a comprehensive genetic context. A fundamental challenge lies in translating the cancer genomic findings into clinical application. The path toward that end critically relies on our ability to systematically and effectively distill essential information from the massive amount of data in the discovery stage. We describe an enhanced iCluster framework for integrated visualization, pattern discovery, and driver gene identification using a set of fused probabilistic eigen-features that maximize the total biological variation collectively observed across cancer genomes. Complex dependency structures observed across somatic mutation, copy number abnormalities, promotor DNA methylation and gene expression changes can be expressed in terms of simpler conditional independence relationships through these eigen-features, which greatly facilitates integrated visualization, class discovery, and driver identification. In the NCI60 and CCLE datasets, we demonstrate that the method can accurately group cancer cell lines by the major histological subtypes, and correctly pinpoint known driver genes as well as candidate drivers that have not been previously reported in various cancer types. Application to the TCGA colorectal tumor data reveals novel integrated subtypes that suggest different paths to colon cancer.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Location: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
307 East 63rd Street
(between First and Second Avenues)
Room 331
New York, New York
Note: To gain access to the building, please follow the directions by the telephone in the foyer.


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