Vento-Tormo, PhD (2016) became group leader at Wellcome Sanger Institute (WSI), Cambridge (UK), in 2019. She completed her postdoctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Sarah Teichmann as an EMBO and HFSP fellow.
She is an immunologist specialising in the study of cellular communication using genomics data. She has developed CellPhoneDB.org, a resource of ligands, receptors and their interactions, integrated with a statistical framework to build cellular communication networks from single-cell transcriptomics data. Vento-Tormo used this unique computational framework to study maternal-fetal communication during pregnancy in a seminal study published in Nature in 2018.
Since its inception in March 2019, the Vento-Tormo lab has been developing new versions of CellPhoneDB.org by integrating single-cell and spatial genomics datasets. This computational tool is central to the team’s other projects, focused on the adaptation of tissue-resident immune cells in human tissues and organs and mapping the reproductive system in health and disease.
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