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.


Want to know more about OzSingleCells or Human Cell Atlas?​


Oz Single Cell 2019

When: July 21 - 23, 2019

What: Workshop (21st) and conference (22nd - 23rd)

Where: University of Melbourne, Australia

Twitter: #OzSingleCell19

Code of Conduct: https://tinyurl.com/OSC-code-of-conduct

The third meeting of the Australian Cellular Panomics Consortium (ACPC) bringing together single cell scientists across Australia spanning computational, technical, and biological research.

This meeting will bring together leaders in the field to help discuss, share and learn about the latest innovations in single cell research and technology.

We have an exciting mix of National and International speakers lined up. 

Workshop (July 21)

Registration: You can register for the workshop here

Program: You can download the program for the workshop here

Prize: $1,000 team prize for winners of the hackathon

This free one-day workshop caters for single cell scientists of all levels. There will be some elements common for all, followed by a split into 3 parallel streams:

  1. Advanced technologies 

  2. Beginner's computational analysis 

  3. Advanced computational hackathon on Spatial Transcriptomics data (details available here).

We will also host a 'Pitch Prize', where random groups will be allocated across all streams to come up with an idea for a $5000 AGRF credit

NOTE: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Conference (July 22-23)

Registration: You can register for the conference here

Program: You can download the program for the conference here

Abstracts: You can submit an abstract for the conference here

Transport and accommodation: Suggestions available here

Prizes: $1,000 team prize for winners of the computational challenge

            $5,000 AGRF credit for winners of the pitch prize

OzSingleCell aims to keep registration fees as low as possible and to support researchers from underrepresented groups to attend the meeting and workshops.

As part of Oz Single Cell 2019 conference, we are hosting a single cell data analysis challenge. The challenge aims to foster the development of ideas and approaches to better utilise data arising from single cell sequencing technology, specifically using one or more of three single cell data sets. We encourage innovation from any aspect of single cell analytics from the extraction of biological insight through to complex analytical approaches. 

International Speakers

Assistant Professor Rahul Satija, New York Genome Center, USA
Assistant Professor Smita Krishnaswamy, Yale School of Medicine, USA
Professor Long Cai, Caltech, USA
Assistant Professor Alexandra-Chloe Villani, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Dr Leïla Perié, Institut Curie, France
Professor Martin Guilliams, Ghent University, Belgium
Professor Joakim Lundeberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden


National Speakers

Associate Professor Alicia Oshlack, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Professor Jane Visvader, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Professor Ryan Lister, University of Western Australia
Dr Siok Tey, QIMR Berghofer
Associate Professor Joseph Powell, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Professor Phil Hodgkin, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Conveners: Shalin Naik, Joseph Powell, Alicia Oshlack

Organising Committee: Alex Swarbrick, Alistair Forrest, Christine Wells, Daniela Zalcenstein, Jean Yang, Quan Nguyen, Ryan Lister






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