Wellcome Sanger Institute, Genome Research Limited

Cellular Genetics


The Cellular Genetics programme is focused on cell-atlasing and cellular genetics. The programme uses these approaches to map cells in the human body combining cutting-edge methodologies and computational approaches. This enables us to understand what the identity of cells are, how they are regulated, relationships between them and, importantly, how this can change during development, health, disease and ageing.

Our Work

The future outlook for the programme is to build on current scientific and funding success with expansion of expertise in cell-atlasing approaches, spatial genomics and computational approaches and use of cell-atlasing technologies to understand in vitro systems such as IPSCs and organoids. This will be coupled with increasing focus on using cell-atlasing to understand disease.

The Cellular Genetic’s Programme jointly lead the “Human Cell Atlas” (HCA) global consortium alongside the Broad Institute, with Sarah Teichmann as co-lead and co-founder, together with Aviv Regev (MIT/Broad). The HCA vision is to create comprehensive reference maps of all human cells—the fundamental units of life—as a basis for both understanding human health and diagnosing, monitoring, and treating disease.

The “resolution revolution” in genomics has enabled the study of single cells, so-called “single cell genomics”, such that we can now sequence millions of individual cells in unprecedented detail. On a similar scale to the Human Genome Project, the Human Cell Atlas aims to create a 3D ‘Google map’ of the 37 trillion cells of the human body which will allow scientists to zoom into organs, tissues and cells to reveal the location and gene activity patterns of each cell type.

The Human Cell Atlas was launched in London in 2016 with a kick-off meeting attended by an interdisciplinary community of biomedical experts, genomics technologists and computational biologists at an international meeting to discuss how to create a Human Cell Atlas. Three years later, the global Human Cell Atlas initiative has over 1,500 researchers from more than 60 countries and has achieved success in fundamental areas of basic and translational research including oncology, immunology, respiratory disease, human development and reproductive biology.

Faculty position available

The Cellular Genetics Programme is seeking to recruit a Faculty leader with research interests in any (or a combination) of the following to deepen our understanding of human cell biology and tissue architecture:

◆ Single cell genomics
◆ Spatial genomics
◆ Computational biology
◆ Non-animal model systems
◆ CRISPR editing of ex vivo cells or model systems
◆ Applying single cell approaches to study specific diseases

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Faculty position available

The Cellular Genetics Programme is seeking an exceptional research scientist.

You will join our Faculty who have diverse expertise in biology, genetics, medicine, pathology, technology, informatics, computational science, mathematics, and statistics. They work alongside each other with a particular scientific culture and intellectual critical mass supported by technical, IT, and analytic support to develop and follow bold ideas in an agile manner.

Our exceptional funding enables Faculty to focus their energy on their science, by providing a comprehensive package of support and salaries. We provide excellent benefits and relocation support, along with rewarding and flexible employment terms to enable you to thrive and develop your scientific career at our Institute.

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