STA 290 Seminar: Jessica Jingyi Li (UC Berkeley)

Statistics Seminar: STA 290

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at 2.30pm, MSB 1147 (Colloquium Room)

Refreshments: 2:00pm, MSB 4110 (Statistics Lounge)

Speaker: Jessica Jingyi Li, University California, Berkeley

Title: "Statistical Methods for Analyzing High-throughput Genomic Data"

Abstract: In the burgeoning field of genomics, high-throughput technologies (e.g. microarrays, next-generation sequencing and label-free mass spectrometry) have enabled biologists to perform global analysis on thousands of genes, mRNAs and proteins simultaneously. Extracting useful information from enormous amounts of high-throughput genomic data is an increasingly pressing challenge to statistical and computational science. In this talk, I will present three projects in which statistical and computational methods were used to analyze high-throughput genomic data to address important biological questions. The first part of my talk will demonstrate the power of simple statistical analysis in correcting biases of large-scale protein level estimates and in understanding the relationship between gene transcription and protein levels. The second part will focus on a statistical method called "SLIDE" that employs probabilistic modeling and L1 sparse estimation to answer an important question in genomics: how to identify and quantify mRNA products of gene transcription (i.e, isoforms) from next generation RNA sequencing data? In the final part, I will introduce an ongoing project where we developed a new statistical measure under a local regression and clustering framework to capture non-functional relationships between a pair of variables. This new measure will have broad potential applications in genomics and other fields.