Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad

Projects as a project leader

  • CH2

    Sparse compressed sensing based classifiers for -omics mass-data

    Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad / Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok / Prof. Dr. Christof Schütte

    Project heads: Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad / Prof. Dr. Gitta Kutyniok / Prof. Dr. Christof Schütte
    Project members: Nada Cvetkovic / Martin Genzel
    Duration: -
    Status: running
    Located at: Freie Universität Berlin / Technische Universität Berlin


    Tumor diseases rank among the most frequent causes of death in Western countries coinciding with an incomplete understanding of the underlying pathogenic mechanisms and a lack of individual treatment options. Hence, early diagnosis of the disease and early relapse monitoring are currently the best available options to improve patient survival. In this project, we aim for the identification of disease specific sets of biological signals that reliably indicate a disease outbreak (or status) in an individual. Such biological signals (e.g. proteomics or genomics data) are typically very large (millions of dimensions), which significantly increases the complexity of algorithms for analyzing the parameter space or makes them even infeasible. However, these types of data usually exhibit a very particular structure, and at the same time, the set of disease specific features is very small compared to the ambient dimension. Such a high-dimensional setting naturally calls for the application of the concept of sparse classifiers, which has been extensively studied in the fields of compressed sensing and statistical learning during the last decade. Our research focuses on both algorithmic improvements of available methods as well as theoretical results such as recovery guarantees for general data models.
  • CH7

    Network-of-Network based -omics data integration

    Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad / Prof. Dr. Christof Schütte

    Project heads: Prof. Dr. Tim Conrad / Prof. Dr. Christof Schütte
    Project members: -
    Duration: -
    Status: running
    Located at: Freie Universität Berlin


    Project Background

    Pancreatic cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in Germany (see DKFZ Report, 2010). It is estimated that in 2030 it will be the second leading cause of cancer death incurring a cost of about 15,8 Billion US-Dollar worldwide to the public health systems.

    Cancer is a systems disease

    "Cancer is no more a disease of cells than a traffic jam is a disease of cars. A lifetime of study of the internal-combustion engine would not help anyone to understand our traffic problems.'" (Smithers1962). It is accepted that gene mutations are part of the process of cancer, but mutations alone are not enough. Cancer involves an interaction between neoplastic cells and surrounding tissue on many different levels, e.g. interaction of RNA molecules, proteins, and metabolites. But most available models are limited to only one or very few levels of interactions and describe a rather static view.

    From single to multi source: data integration on a systems level

    Current high-throughput -omics technologies have dramatically eased the production of part lists for a variety of organisms. What is still missing are the dynamic interactions among an organism's molecular parts, and the interactions between different biological levels, such as transcriptomics and proteomics. This is pivotal to better understanding of an organism's biology, and - in our case - to understand pancreas cancer.

    Therefore, the aim of this project is two-fold: (1) use data acquired in our earlier projects to create a holistic integration of the aforementioned sources and levels for modeling pancreas cancer, which we call Network-of-Networks or short: NoN (in our context networks of different -omics levels, such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics. (2) A NoN is a very large and complex object and its structure differs significantly from other biological networks. Thus, new methods for complexity reduction and analyzing NoNs will be developed in this project.