High-resolution reconstruction in single-particle cryo-EM with a multiscale joint refinement scheme
Single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has revolutionised the field of structural biology over the last decade, culminating in 2017 by the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to its three founders. Nowadays, single-particle cryo-EM permits the regular discovery of new biological structures at atomic resolution. Yet, the reconstruction task remains an enduring challenge due to the unknown orientations adopted by the 3D particles prior to imaging. The goal of this project is to further strengthen a recently-developed joint optimization scheme that efficiently alternates between the reconstruction and the estimation of the unknown orientations . More precisely, the student will introduce a multiscale scheme  inside the iterative-refinement framework itself to benefit from the robustness gained by reconstructing volumes at coarser scales. The student should have a strong interest in image processing, and good Matlab skills are a prerequisite. An interest in inverse problems and/or optimization theory is a definite plus. References:  M. Zehni, L. Donati, E. Soubies, Z. Zhao, M. Unser, "Joint Angular Refinement and Reconstruction for Single-Particle Cryo-EM," IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, vol. 29, pp. 6151-6163, 2020.  L. Donati, M. Nilchian, C.Ó.S. Sorzano, M. Unser, "Fast Multiscale Reconstruction for Cryo-EM," Journal of Structural Biology, vol. 204, no. 3, pp. 543-554, December 2018.
- Pakshal Bohra, email@example.com, BM 4.140
- Michael Unser, firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 693 51 75, BM 4.136
- Thanh-An Pham, email@example.com