Computational and Mathematical Methods to Study the Complexity of Regulatory Networks in Mammalian Cells

The Ma’ayan Laboratory applies machine learning and other statistical mining techniques to study how intracellular regulatory systems function as networks to control cellular processes such as differentiation, dedifferentiation, apoptosis and proliferation.

Our research team develops software systems to help experimental biologists form novel hypotheses from high-throughput data, while aiming to better understand the structure and function of regulatory networks in mammalian cellular and multi-cellular systems. Read More


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Prioritizing Pain-Associated Targets with Machine Learning


While hundreds of genes have been associated with pain, much of the molecular mechanisms of pain remain unknown. As a result, current analgesics are limited to few clinically validated targets. Here, we trained a machine learning (ML) ensemble model to predict new targets for 17 categories of pain. The model utilizes features from transcriptomics, proteomics, and gene ontology to prioritize targets for modulating pain. We focused on identifying novel G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), ion channels, and protein kinases because these proteins represent the most successful drug target families. The performance of the model to predict novel pain targets is 0.839 on average based on AUROC, while the predictions for arthritis had the highest accuracy (AUROC = 0.929). The model predicts hundreds of novel targets for pain; for example, GPR132 and GPR109B are highly ranked GPCRs for rheumatoid arthritis. Read More

Citation: Jeon M, Jagodnik KM, Kropiwnicki E, Stein DJ, Ma’ayan A. Prioritizing Pain-Associated Targets with Machine Learning. Biochemistry (2021) doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.0c00930.