Join the Spatialomics Interest Group

The Spatialomics Interest Group (SIG) is a forum to connect UMN researchers from different disciplines with experts in spatial biology and with UMN core facilities, who will coordinate the efforts and workflows for this multi-disciplinary field. The purpose of the group is to provide structured roundtable discussions and collaboration among interested parties that will enable the implementation and adoption of spatial technologies for the UMN research community.

Technologies: NanoString CosMx and GeoMx, 10X Genomics Visium and CytAssist, IONPath MIBI, and more
Cores: UMN Genomics Center and the University Imaging Center
Next meeting: Wednesday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Topic: STOmics and Curio Bioscience
Format: Zoom

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Main Activities

  • Members will share their experiences and results with nascent spatial technologies.
  • Cores and vendors will assist early adopters in evaluating technologies and will assist with their initial experimental plan (number of samples, technique sharing, QC checkpoints, sequencing depth, etc).
  • The entire group will provide guidance and information on how researchers can apply a spatial technology to achieve a specific research goal.
  • Vendors will present technical details about how to get started with their technologies (experimental set-up, sample requirements, reagents, analysis, troubleshooting, etc.)
  • The entire group with discuss proposals for funding equipment and resources for spatial biology at the UMN.  (e.g., AIAC grant opportunities).
  • Outcome: Dialogue and cooperation among the core labs providing tissue and microscopic services, next-generation sequencing, and analysis.


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2023-2024 Meetings

Wednesday, October 24, 2023 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  
Presenter: Simon Melov - Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging 
Title: Spatial Profiling of Human Ovary & Skeletal Muscle
Location: 1-101 Microbiology Research Facility (MRF

Wednesday, January 24, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.  
Topic: Technical overview of NanoString CosMx / AtoMx 
Presenter: Seth Meyers, District Sales Manager, Nanostring
Location: 1-125 CCRB 

2022-2023 Meetings

Tuesday, September 27, 2022   |  1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Title: Analysis of chemotherapy response in ovarian cancer patients using the GeoMX digital spatial profiler
Presenter: Tim Starr, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health 
Hybrid Format: 1-101 Microbiology Research Facility (MRF) and Zoom

Tuesday, October 18, 2022   |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Title: Spatial transcriptomics of human liver to characterize senescence with aging and fibrosis
Presenter: Elizabeth Thompson, Ph.D. - Research Support Manager (Niedernhofer Lab, Institute on the Biology of Aging & Metabolism)
Format: Zoom

Tuesday, November 29, 2022   |  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Title: RHAMM-associated immune infiltration in breast cancer tumor microenvironment revealed by GeoMx DSP & MIBI
Presenter: Yuyu He - Researcher (Nelson lab, Lab Med and Pathology) 
Format: Zoom

Tuesday, January 24, 2023   |  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Topic: Researcher experience using the Nanostring CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager to study spatially resolve transcripts of interest
Presenter: Miranda E. Orr, PhD - Wake Forest University School of Medicine Assistant Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Format: Zoom

Thursday, February 23, 2023   |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Title: Spatial Biology at Any Scale: A Deep Dive into the Universe of GeoMx and CosMx
Presenter: Jerid Robinson, Ph.D. - Field Application Scientist Manager 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023   |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Title: Spatial Biology at "10x" resolution
Presenter: Leilani Marty-Santos, Ph.D. - Spatial Science Technology Advisor

Tuesday, April 25, 2023   |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Title: Whole transcriptomics spatial profiling of melanoma using the Nanostring GeoMx digital spatial profiler
Presenter: Alessio Giubellino, M.D. Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Format: Zoom

Tuesday, May 23, 2023   |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Title: Analyzing Nanostring GeoMx Data
Presenters: Christine Henzler, Ph.D. - Co-Director of Research Informatics and Bioinformatics, MSI, and Sarah Munro, Ph.D. - LMP Bioinformatics Team Leader, MSI
Format: Zoom

2021-2022 Meetings

Wednesday, September 22, 2021  |  10 - 11:15 a.m. 
Discovering New Insights Using NanoString DSP and Whole Transcriptome Analysis

Wednesday, October 13, 2021   |  10 - 11:00 a.m. 
Dr. Christine Henzler from MSI presenting on data analysis services

Wednesday, October 27, 2021   |  10 - 11:15 a.m. 
10X Genomics: Breaking spatial barriers with Visium Spatial solutions

Wednesday, November 17, 2021   |  10 - 11:00 a.m. 
The CODEX Solution: Comprehensive Solution for Spatially Resolved, Multiplexed Imaging

Wednesday, December 8, 2021   | 10 - 11:00 a.m. 
Presentations by Dr. Casey Dorr (GeoMX WTA) and Dr. Yuyu He (MIBI)
No recording due to unpublished, preliminary data.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022  |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
NanoString CosMx Spatial Molecular Imager

Wednesday, March 16, 2022  |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Defining high-plex spatialomics: from GeoMx data to discovery

Wednesday, April 13, 2022  |  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
10X Genomics: Breaking spatial barriers with Visium Spatial solutions


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