Student Symposium Programme

6th of December: Student symposium

12.30 - 12.40
Welcome and introduction.

12.40 - 13.30
Keynote speaker 1: Prof. dr. Stijn Deborggraeve.

Oral Presentations Session 1: Session Chair: Bart Cuypers – RSG Belgium President

13.30 - 13.45
Wout Bittremieux. Precursor-free and fast spectral library search using approximate nearest neighbor techniques.
13.45 - 14.00
Julien Fumey. Tempo and mode in Astyanax Maxicanus cavefish evolution: A population genomic reappraisal.
14.00 - 14.15
Alex Salazar. Evaluating the robustness of large indel identification across multiple microbial genomes.

14.15 - 14.45
Break 1 & Poster preparation.

Oral Presentations Session 2: Session Chair: Julien Fumey – RSG France President

14.45 - 15.00
Ajay Kumar. Information theoretical model for gene prioritization.
15.15 - 15.30
Isel Grau. GeVaCT genomic variant classifier tool.
15.15 - 15.30
Nicolas De Neuter. The role of HLA alleles underlying Cytomegalovirus susceptibility in allogeneic transplant populations.
15.30 - 15.45
Thies Gehrmann. Alternative splicing in mushrooms from RNA-Seq.

15.45 - 16.30
Keynote speaker 2: dr. Geert Vandeweyer

16.30 - 16.50
Break 2

Oral Presentations Session 3: Session Chair: Shaman Narayanasamy - RSG Luxembourg

16.50 - 17.05
Dr. Conor Meehan. The microbiome associated with Buruli ulcer lesions.
17.05 - 17.20
Ben Verhees. Orthological analysis of an Ebola virus - Human PPIN suggests reduced inference of Ebola virus with epigenetic processes in its suspected bat reservoir host.
17.20 - 17.35
Ganna Androsova. Disease-specific network construction by seed-and-extend.
17.35 - 17.50
Sebastiaan Vanuytven. Studying bit protein-chromatin occupation to understand genotoxicity of MLV-based gene therapy vectors.

17.50 - 18.00
Closing Remarks & Social Event Practicalities

18.00 - 19.00
Poster Session

19.00 - 20.30
Social Event: City Tour & Christmas market visit

20.30
Dinner (for those who have registered!)

Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Stijn Deborggraeve is the head of the Diagnostic Bacteriology Unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium. He obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the KU Leuven in 2009, followed by postdoctoral research stays at the ITM Antwerp and the University of California Santa Barbara in the USA.

His main research interests are the development and evaluation of innovative diagnostics for tropical infectious diseases, for which he recently received the Merial Award for Parasitology (2013) and the Albert Dubois Award for Tropical Pathology (2014). His research nicely illustrates how ‘omics technologies and bio-informatics can lead to direct applications in the field. Deborggraeve’s group uses genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics to discover novel approaches for the diagnosis of bacterial diseases in the tropics, and to unravel the transmission and antibiotic resistance mechanisms of bacteria.

Dr. Geert Vandeweyer is a bioinformatician at the Cognitive Genetics Lab, University of Antwerp. He has a Master degree in bioengineering, followed by an advanced master bioinformatics. During his PhD, he combined his skills in wet-lab genetics and bioinformatics to elucidate the genetics of cognitive disorders using high-throughput screening methods.

His work illustrates how the close interaction between wet-lab scientists and bioinformaticians can boost progress in a wide range of research domains. By the development of flexible and user-friendly tools such as VariantDB and CNV-WebStore, he allowed researchers to explore and interpret highly complex genomics data. Second, the development of high-throughput analysis pipelines provides a maximal return on investment for state-of-the-art genomics and transcriptomics projects.

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