The single cell consortium was formed in response to the ambitions of the Human Cell Atlas, and comprises of leading researchers from Australian Universities and Medical Research Institutes. The members of this consortium formed to coalesce our skills and experience in biology, technology, and computational sciences and bioinformatics.


Ultimately all disease involves cells - whether they go rogue (as in cancer), are damaged (as in infection and inflammation) or are missing/misformed (as in congenital diseases). Our vision is to understand the molecular machinery that explains that changes in cells that cause disease in order to help treat them


We are investing in world-leading technology that can let us peer inside every cell of the human body to understand what makes us tick, and what goes wrong in disease. These technologies include single cell gene expression, genome sequencing, and cell lineage tracing. We are also international leaders in the computational biology needed to tackle big data.


Oz Single Cell 2020

We are bringing the Australian single cell community together online this year for Oz Single Cell 2020 with a webinar series!

Comprising informative and engaging snapshots of science, these technical talks will feature leading single-cell researchers, and deep-dive into their technologies and scientific breakthroughs. The live webinars will bring the community together and all episodes will be available afterwards for viewing on demand.


Tuesday, 11am 18 August 2020 - A Singular Mind

We will sit down with Associate Professors Samantha Morris (from the Washington University School of Medicine) and Allon Klein (from Harvard Medical School). While we will discuss their science, we will try and go a bit deeper. What have been their lightbulb moments? What segues did they make scientifically? Why is single cell more than just a fad for them? What are the big questions in biology in their opinion? Hosted by Dr Shalin Naik.

Tuesday, 11am 25 August 2020 - Single-cell analysis in the cancer clinic

Tuesday, 11am 1 September 2020 - Adding spatial context to single-cell sequencing

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Acknowledgement of Country

The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which of our campuses are situated.


We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have made a contribution to the life of the University community.

# Image courtesy of Lachlan Whitehead and Leigh Coultas, Walter + Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

More episodes to come - stay tuned!

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