To single cell RNA-sequencing data and beyond: a tale of a successful webinar

Single-cell RNA sequencing can reveal complex and rare cell populations, uncover regulatory relationships between genes, and track the trajectories of distinct cell lineages in development. The African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT) and researchers from the University of Zurich decided to host a webinar titled “The differential analyses and beyond for single cell RNA-sequencing data” on 03 November 2021.

In this webinar, Professor Mark Robinson shared his expertise in this field and demonstrated various strategies for differential analyses from multi-sample, multi-group single cell RNA-sequencing data. Prof Robinson’s research interests are in the application of statistical methods and data science to experimental data with biological applications within the context of genomics data types. Prof Robinson’s talk was followed by a presentation from Dr Simone Tiberi  who focused on key considerations on single cell RNA-sequencing data with specific focus on quality control and RNA velocities. Dr Tiberi has interests in the development of cutting-edge statistical methods in bioinformatics, mostly for bulk and single-cell RNA-seq data.

The ACGT would like to credit the success of this event to the generosity of researchers from the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Zurich in Switzerland; Professor Robinson and Dr Tiberi as well as Dr John Becker from the ACGT who chaired the session. The ACGT hopes that everyone who attended the webinar benefited in one way or another. This was not the first RNA-sequencing event organized by the ACGT and this group. A successful workshop was hosted in 2019.  Unfortunately, one could not be hosted in 2020 as we were all adjusting to the pandemic and lockdowns. The ACGT will explore other topics in RNA-seq technologies that could be beneficial to members in the ACGT partnership and those who are active in these areas.

For more information, please contact Mr Molati Nonyane at or Tel: 012 420 6139.