Single-cell technologies have rapidly enhanced the molecular understanding of functional cell states underlying diseases such as cancer, inflammatory and neurodegenerative illnesses. As one of the earliest adopters of disruptive single-cell technologies (e.g. 10X Genomics Chromium), VIB is working at the cutting edge of this field. As a result, single-cell analysis is now increasingly being considered an essential tool used to understand and address fundamental research questions.

A new initiative, the ‘Single Cell Accelerator’, was recently launched at VIB. Through this initiative, VIB scientists will have access to funding to evaluate, develop and integrate emerging breakthrough single-cell technologies at VIB. This initiative will run for a 2-year trial period, and VIB groups can apply for Single Cell Accelerator funding through the Tech Watch application process. Technology platforms will be placed in the Technology Innovation Lab, and these projects will be evaluated by dedicated single-cell technology specialists.

By combining disruptive single-cell platforms, specialized data analysis and modeling tools to process omics data, and coupling this expertise with respective research themes, this program enables VIB to excel rapidly in the single-cell field.

In the news

Detailed brain map uncovers hidden immune cells that may be involved in neurodegenerative disorders – 6 May 2019

Mapping cellular diversity by looking for common topics of gene control – 9 April 2019

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on cell developmental dynamics – 1 April 2019

Mission Bio joins forces with VIB to revolutionize single-cell DNA analysis – 7 March 2019

Single Cell Accelerator team

  • Wai Long Tam

    Wai Long Tam

    Manager Technology Innovation Lab, VIB Tech Watch
  • Yvan Saeys

    Yvan Saeys

    Group leader, Center for Inflammation Research
  • Viacheslav Mylka

    Viacheslav Mylka

    Sequencing Technology Specialist, VIB Tech Watch
  • Halina Novak

    Halina Novak

    Technology and Innovation Program Manager, VIB Tech Watch
  • Niels Vandamme

    Niels Vandamme

    Staff Scientist, Center For Inflammation Research
  • Jeroen Aerts

    Jeroen Aerts

    Life Sciences Technology Specialist, VIB Tech Watch
  • Suresh Kumar Poovathingal

    Suresh Kumar Poovathingal

    Staff scientist, Center for Brain & Disease Research
  • Geert Van Minnebruggen

    Geert Van Minnebruggen

    Head of Core Facilities, VIB HQ
  • Kevin Verstrepen

    Kevin Verstrepen

    Director, Center For Microbiology
  • Diether Lambrechts

    Diether Lambrechts

    Director, Center for Cancer Biology
  • Chris Marine

    Chris Marine

    Director, Center for Cancer Biology
  • Silvie Van den Hoecke

    Silvie Van den Hoecke

    Manager Technology Innovation Lab, VIB Tech Watch
  • Toon Swings

    Toon Swings

    Life Science Technology Specialist, VIB Tech Watch
  • Martin Guilliams

    Martin Guilliams

    Group leader, Center for Inflammation Research
  • Irina Matetovici

    Irina Matetovici

    Sequencing Technology Specialist
  • Bert De Rybel

    Bert De Rybel

    Group Leader, Center for Plant Systems Biology
  • Tony Montoye

    Tony Montoye

    Business Development Manager, VIB HQ
  • Stein Aerts

    Stein Aerts

    Group leader, Center for Brain & Disease Research
  • Bob Asselbergh

    Bob Asselbergh

    Staff employee, Center for Molecular Neurology
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