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Berlin Institute of Health’s Eils set for next Discovery Lecture

Oct. 18, 2021, 3:48 PM


by Leigh MacMillan

Roland Eils, PhD

Roland Eils, PhD, founding director of the Center for Digital Health at the Berlin Institute of Health, will discuss efforts to translate the deluge of genomics data generated by international initiatives into understanding disease mechanisms during the next web-based Discovery Lecture.

Eils’ lecture, “Big Data Meets Genomics: From Data to Clinically Actionable Knowledge,” is on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. All participants need to register in advance to receive the webinar instructions.

Eils, who is also director of the Health Data Science Unit at Heidelberg University, and his group have made significant contributions to the fields of cancer genomics and systems biology.

He will show how his team has characterized the pancreas at the single-cell level to better understand this organ in health and disease. He will also demonstrate how the group used single-cell sequencing to characterize mucosal immunity in COVID-19 patients and rapidly initiated a phase 2 clinical trial for prevention and treatment of severe COVID-19.

Since 2017, Eils has been a member of the Organizing Committee of the Human Cell Atlas initiative and Coordinator of the HiGH-Med Consortium.

Eils’ lecture is sponsored by the Quantitative Systems Biology Center and the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center. For a complete schedule of Discovery Lectures, archived video of previous lectures, and the webinar registration link, go to

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