J. Welch's "bold idea" is a "Research Scout" funded project!
Computational Modeling of Cell-Paired Morphological and Gene Expression Data: We want to develop and combine two new technologies: (1) experimental approaches for measuring both morphology and gene expression in the same single cells and (2) computational models that link the two measurement types. We hope to develop general tools that will yield insights into the relationship between gene expression and morphology across many cell types, cellular perturbations, and diseases.
"Research Scouts" is an agile, low-burden funding program which gives money to scientists (the “Scouts”) to invest in other scientists' bold ideas. It’s an investment in the “Bold Science” objective of Michigan Medicine’s research strategic plan, “Great Minds, Greater Discoveries,” and is modeled on the Hypothesis Fund. This is a program from the U-M Medical School Office of Research.