Marine Louarn PhD’s defense : 26th november 09:30

Marine Louarn’s PhD defense on “Analysis and integration of heterogeneous large-scale genomics data: application to B cell differentiation and Follicular Lymphoma non coding mutations” will take place on Thursday 26th november at 09:30 (CEST+1).

The defense will be broadcasted live on Youtube:


– Adrien COULET (MCU) LORIA, Nancy

– Lydie LANE (Researcher), SIB Lausanne, Swiss

– Salvatore SPICUGLIA (DR) INSERM U1090 Marseilles

– Alexandre TERMIER (Professor) University Rennes 1 Rennes

– Sarah COHEN-BOULAKIA (Professor) LRI Orsay

– Fabrice CHATONNET (IR) CHU Rennes

– Olivier DAMERON (Professor) University Rennes 1 Rennes


– Thierry FEST (PU-PH) INSERM / CHU Rennes


Regulatory networks inference from heterogeneous data is a computational step aiming at identifying key regulators involved in differentiation processes leading to cancer. In this thesis I focus on B cell differentiation, from which follicular lymphoma emerges. The first contribution outlines the reproducibility and reusability limitations of a state-of-the-art method for network inference from genomic data. To overcome these limitations, I demonstrated that Semantic Web technologies can structure and integrate large-scale heterogeneous datasets in a systematic way. The original analysis workflow outputs could be reproduced as queries on a graph of data, which could itself be layered and enriched with public databases. This demonstrates the technical relevance of this approach and underlines its benefits in improving reusability and reproducibility. As a fourth contribution, a new method for network inference was designed to take expert knowledge into account – both to extend the previous framework to the analysis of smaller, closely-related datasets and to enrich the inferred networks with signs, therefore including inhibitory regulatory processes. Finally, the method was applied to B cell differentiation, leading to the discovery of 146 TF with potential large impact on the network.

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