Computational Trans-Regulatory Biology Group

Deciphering trans-omic networks using computational and statistical models
Our research on developing novel computational methods will advance computational science, biological knowledge, drug discovery and treatments for complex diseases.

Molecular trans-regulatory programs comprised of cell signalling, transcriptional and translational networks are central to health and disease. To this end, we combine machine learning and statistical methods to model trans-regulatory programs in stem and progenitor cells using large-scale omics data (trans-omics).

Our research vision is twofold.

  • To develop novel computational methods for a deep understanding in biological systems
  • To advance knowledge in cellular systems and disease models through the innovative application of computational models.

We are a systems biology group cross-trained in computer science, statistics, and molecular biology. Our research lies at the interface of bioinformatics and systems biology. We develop computational and statistical models to reconstruct signalling cascades, epigenomics, transcriptional, and proteome networks and characterise their cross-talk and trans-regulations in various cellular processes, systems, and in disease states.

By integrating heterogeneous omics data with the goal of generating testable hypotheses and predictions, our work contributes to the comprehensive understanding of trans-omic networks that underlie cellular homeostasis, proliferation, differentiation, cell-fate decisions, and their malfunctions that lead to the development of various complex diseases.

Mapping and modelling trans-omic networks by trans-omic data integration

This is a major initiative in our group to integrate trans-omics datasets generated from mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) differentiation process. The goal is to investigate the cross-talk of signalling cascades, epigenomic, transcriptomic and proteomic regulations, and their feedback regulations. The high-throughput data that we are seeking to integrate include time-course mass spectrometry-based proteomics and phosphoproteomics, and next-generation sequencing-based RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data.

Mixture modelling in single-cell RNA-seq data

We are working closely with Professor Jean Yang's group on mixture modelling from single-cell RNA-seq (scRNA-seq) data. This includes developing novel statistical models to capture various unique aspects in scRNA-seq data. We are applying our model to understand cell differentiation and tissue development processes in human and mouse.

Identification of transcription factor target genes using machine learning

We have recently developed an adaptive sampling approach (AdaSampling) for learning from positive-unlabeled dataset. We are extending this semi-supervised learning approach for the identification of transcription factor target genes in differentiating mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) by integrating transcriptomics, proteomics, and epigenomics data.

  • Dr Pengyi Yang (research group leader)
  • Irene Chen
  • Thomas Geddes
  • Hani Kim
  • Taiyun Kim
  • Dinuka Perera
  • Isaac Shipsey

Research group leader

Dr Pengyi Yang
Dr Pengyi Yang
Our research, interdisciplinary in nature, is made possible by the unique multidisciplinary environment in Charles Perkins Centre.
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