Our Research

Research in the Shalek Lab is directed towards the creation and implementation of new technologies to understand how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states. We employ a comprehensive, five-step approach , developing innovative methodologies and applying them across multiple systems to empower more mechanistic inquiry and a deeper understanding of the rules that govern ensemble cellular behaviors.

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Featured Publications

SARS-CoV-2 receptor ACE2 is an interferon-stimulated gene in human airway epithelial cells and is detected in specific cell subsets across tissues
  • Ziegler et al.,
  • Cell,
  • 2020
Biology
Cell Atlas
Genomics
Immunology
Infectious Disease
Statistics
Carly Ziegler
Sam Allon
Sarah Nyquist
Vincent Miao
Constantine Tzouanas
Marc Wadsworth II
Sam Kazer
Travis Hughes
Benjamin Doran
James Gatter
Marko Vukovic
Ben Mead
Shaina Carroll
Alex K. Shalek
José Ordovas-Montañes

We analyze multiple datasets spanning organ systems in human and non-human primate to identify putative target cells of SARS-CoV-2. We establish the entry receptor, ACE2, to be an interferon-stimulated gene in human, but not murine, airway cells.

We profile the longitudinal immune dynamics of untreated HIV-1 infection in multiple individuals from pre-infection through chronic infection. We develop a framework to characterize temporally-correlated gene programs in different cell types.

Integrated single-cell analysis of multicellular immune dynamics during hyperacute HIV-1 infection
  • Kazer et al.,
  • Nature Medicine,
  • 2020
Biology
Computational Methods
Genomics
Immunology
Infectious Disease
Statistics
Sam Kazer
Toby Aicher
Shaina Carroll
José Ordovas-Montañes
Vincent Miao
Carly Ziegler
Sarah Nyquist
Alex K. Shalek
Seq-Well: portable, low-cost RNA sequencing of single cells at high throughput
  • Gierahn et al.,
  • Nature Methods,
  • 2017
Chemistry
Genomics
R&D
Technology
Travel
Marc Wadsworth II
Travis Hughes
Alex K. Shalek

We develop Seq-Well, a portable and inexpensive platform for high-throughput single-cell RNA sequencing. We report robust transcriptional profiling on cell lines and primary human cells - and envision its use in dissecting complex clinical samples.

News

Constantine Named 2020 Hertz Fellow!

Our very own Constantine Tzouanas has been named a 2020 Hertz Fellow! We're very excited for this achievement, and looking forward to what's in store. Read more about the Hertz Fellowship and Constantine here.

Partnership with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Profile Pediatric COVID-19 Announced

With Boston Children's Hospital PI (and former post-doc!) Jose Ordovas-Montanes, we will expand our COVID-19-related research to include understanding disease pathogenesis in a pediatric cohort - the data and findings of which will be readily accessible to the scientific community. Learn more about our and others' efforts from CZI here…