Multi-omics data integration to elucidate the causes of complex diseases

01 March 2020 → 28 February 2026
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Bioinformatics data integration and network biology
    • Computational biomodelling and machine learning
    • Computational transcriptomics and epigenomics
    • Development of bioinformatics software, tools and databases
benchmarking multi-omics data integration regulatory networks
Project description

Recent technological advances enable cost-efficient, high-throughput analysis of multiple biologic molecules and molecular interactions, which lead to a wealth of omics data: genome, epigenome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, ... The capacity to integrate multi-omics data, to something more than the sum of the existing data, is key to elucidating the causes of complex diseases such as neuro-inflammatory disorders and cancer. Multi-omics data integration is still in its infancy and many tools are tailored towards specific applications, data types or gene sets. In this project we will compare, optimize, develop and subsequently apply methods for multi-omics data integration. Special attention will be given to the impact of the environment such as microbiota and diet on regulatory networks of complex diseases through the integration of transcriptomics, epigenomics and metabolomics.