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Biostatistics seminar: “A Bayesian Statistical Framework for Microbiome Sequence Data Analysis”

January 30 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

“A Bayesian Statistical Framework for Microbiome Sequence Data Analysis” will be presented by Xiaowei Zhan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Population and Data Sciences, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

The human microbiome consists of trillions of cells and collectively affects host health. Recently, advances in next-generation sequencing technology have enabled the high-throughput profiling of metagenomes and accelerated the study of the microbiome. However, microbiome count data are high-dimensional and usually suffer from uneven sampling depth, over-dispersion, and zero-inflation. In this talk, Dr. Zhan will introduce a general Bayesian framework to properly model microbiome count data. It is composed of two hierarchical levels. The first level is a multivariate count-generating process that can incorporate multiple choices of statistical distributions (e.g., the zero-inflated negative binomial model to take into account the skewness and excess zeros of the data), provide model-based normalization through prior distributions with stochastic constraints, and utilize phylogenetic tree information via the Markov random field prior. The second level can be customized for specific microbiome data analysis tasks. Dr. Zhan will present use cases for this framework in microbiome differential abundant analysis, integrative analysis and microbial network analysis using simulations and real datasets.

Light refreshments will be served.

In addition to the in-person presentation, participants may join by calling 669-900-6833, meeting ID 322043373, or via Zoom webinar.


January 30
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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Academic Support Building (ASB) Room 2200G
90 Hope Drive
Hershey, PA 17033 United States
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Department of Public Health Sciences

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