Single Cell View 3D Genome Architecture

Organisers: Srinjan Basu, David Lando and Tim Stevens

Date: 26-29 November 2023

Location: Buxted Park, East Sussex, UK

The 3-dimensional (3D) folding of the genome sequence inside the eukaryotic nucleus is tightly linked to cell function and identity. For that reason, deciphering the rules that govern 3D genome architecture is currently an important challenge facing biology. Determining genome architecture at the level of looping DNA-to-DNA interactions and/or phase separated compartments will allow us to better investigate structure-function relationships. The potential benefits to both basic research and medicine are extensive as genome organisation is known to play important roles in various biological settings, such as those involving cellular differentiation during development and disease states like cancer.

The last few years has seen the development of a variety of new techniques that when combined with computational analysis/modelling is beginning to allow us to better scrutinise the importance of 3D genome structure and function in its native single-cell state. In parallel studies, single-cell analysis is now commonly used to measure gene transcription and epigenomic marks, like DNA methylation. An interesting outcome of these studies has been the level by which genome structure, transcription and epigenomic marks vary from cell to cell. An important area of investigation now is to try to understand to what level this variation is important in regulating biological function.

This Workshop will bring together a wide range of scientists with expertise in 3D genome architecture, single-cell biology, microscopy, biophysics and computational biology. The main purpose will be to discuss how molecular processes studied at a single-cell and single-molecule level can help our understanding of how genome folding affects biological function. Examples such as those involving promoter and enhancer loop contact during transcription, chromatin complex formation at silent and active genome regions and liquid-liquid phase separation will be discussed. Together we will identify key priorities the field needs to address to better realise the full potential of probing 3D nuclear architecture at the single-cell level.

By inviting scientists from a wide range of disciplines we believe this timely and exciting Workshop will foster new opportunities for research in this important area of biology.

Workshop topics:

  • Methodological advances in probing genome architecture
  • Stochastic variation in nuclear biology
  • Genome folding and dynamics
  • Consolidating single-cell approaches with genome architecture: challenges and opportunities


About Buxted Park

The Workshop will be held at the beautiful Buxted Park in East Sussex which dates back to the 12th century. The current house was built in 1722 by Sir Thomas Medley and is an elegant Grade II Palladian mansion set in 312 acres of parkland. Over the years it has played host to a number of high profile visitors including William Wordsworth, Winston Churchill, and George V and Queen Mary. Whilst it was a health hydro in the 1960s Gregory Peck, Dudley Moore and Marlon Brando were regular visitors.

Buxted Park is less than 25 miles from Gatwick Airport and 60 miles from Heathrow Airport. There are direct trains taking 1 hour 10 minutes from London Bridge to the village of Buxted which is only a mile away from the hotel.

Buxted Park Hotel
Station Road
East Sussex
TN22 4AY
Tel: +44 (0) 1825 733333


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