Two researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Dr. Kasper Hansen and Dr. Stephanie Hicks, both assistant professors in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Biostatistics – are among 83 researchers who will share a $15 million award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
The award, which is called Collaborative Computational Tools for the Human Cell Atlas, has been given to scientists who will develop open access tools that use computing, algorithms and other ways to visualize, collect and analyze molecular and imaging data being generated by scientists working on the Human Cell Atlas. The atlas is an effort to create an encyclopedia of molecular and imaging data that charts every cell in the human body.
Hansen and Hicks are building on an open source software project called Bioconductor for statistical analysis and visualization of genomic data. Hansen and Hicks, in concert with other Bioconductor developers, will extend this software to build the infrastructure and tools needed to analyze tens of millions, or even billions, of a variety of single cells. (They join three other Johns Hopkins scientists in sharing the award.)
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