We have been granted a strategic award from the Wellcome Trust 'The Homunculus in our Thymus: A Cellular Genomics Approach' that enables us to investigate how thymic epithelial cells (TEC) - irrespective of their cell identity - remarkably can express virtually the complete set of protein-coding genes. These studies are relevant to better understand the fundamental function of the immune system and to identify causes of autoimmune diseases.
We explore the consequences of genome variation on human cell biology, and thus gene function in health and disease. We conduct large-scale systematic screens to discover the impact of naturally-occurring and engineered genome mutations in human iPS cells, their differentiated derivatives, and other cell types.
Our aim is to offer a high-quality, high-throughput single cell sequencing service that enables Faculty to study and understand cellular heterogeneity and it’s role in health and disease. We further want to create a collaborative and open environment to foster single cell method development.
Thierry Voet's group focuses on developing methods that characterise the DNA and RNA in a single cell to enable the exploration of DNA-mutation, the genetic differences between cells in a person's body and the relation of this diversity to disease.