Peter J. Schüffler

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Mass cytometry enables high-dimensional, single-cell analysis of cell type and state. In mass cytometry, rare earth metals are used as reporters on antibodies. Analysis of metal abundances using the mass cytometer allows determination of marker expression in individual cells. Mass cytometry has previously been applied only to cell suspensions. To gain(More)
We propose an information processing pipeline for segmenting parts of the bowel in abdominal magnetic resonance images that are affected with Crohn's disease. Given a magnetic resonance imaging test volume, it is first oversegmented into supervoxels and each supervoxel is analyzed to detect presence of Crohn's disease using random forest (RF) classifiers.(More)
BACKGROUND Secreted Wnt signaling antagonists have recently been described as frequent targets of epigenetic inactivation in human tumor entities. Since gene silencing of certain Wnt antagonists was found to be correlated with adverse patient survival in cancer, we aimed at investigating a potential prognostic impact of the two Wnt antagonizing molecules(More)
We consider an automated processing pipeline for tissue micro array analysis (TMA) of renal cell carcinoma. It consists of several consecutive tasks, which can be mapped to machine learning challenges. We investigate three of these tasks, namely nuclei segmentation, nuclei classification and staining estimation. We argue for a holistic view of the(More)
BACKGROUND Histological tissue analysis often involves manual cell counting and staining estimation of cancerous cells. These assessments are extremely time consuming, highly subjective and prone to error, since immunohistochemically stained cancer tissues usually show high variability in cell sizes, morphological structures and staining quality. To(More)
In this paper we propose to use advanced classification techniques with shape features for nuclei classification in tissue microarray images of renal cell carcinoma. Our aim is to improve the classification accuracy in distinguishing between healthy and cancerous cells. The approach is inspired by natural language processing. Several features are extracted(More)
DNA methylation is a key mechanism of epigenetic regulation that is frequently altered in diseases such as cancer. To confirm the biological or clinical relevance of such changes, gene-specific DNA methylation changes need to be validated in multiple samples. We have developed the MethMarker http://methmarker.mpi-inf.mpg.de/ software to help design robust(More)