One of the key challenges in the analysis of gene expression data is how to relate the expression level of individual genes to the underlying transcriptional programs and cellular state. The T-profiler tool hosted on this website uses the t-test to score changes in the average activity of pre-defined groups of genes. The gene groups are defined based on Gene Ontology categorization, ChIP-chip experiments, upstream matches to a consensus transcription factor binding motif, and location on the same chromosome, respectively. If desired, an iterative procedure can be used to select a single, optimal representative from sets of overlapping gene groups. A jack-knife procedure is used to make calculations more robust against outliers. T-profiler makes it possible to interpret microarray data in a way that is both intuitive and statistically rigorous, without the need to combine experiments or choose parameters.
Currently, gene expression data from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans are supported. Users can submit their microarray data for analysis by clicking on one of the two organism-specific tabs above.