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Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (3rd edition)

13-14 February 2020, Leuven, Belgium
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Poster session
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Muntstraat - Leuven
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Totem by Jan Fabre - Leuven
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Leuven train station (copyright Bernard Hermant)
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Grote Markt - Leuven
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Conference dinner - Faculty Club
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Old Market Leuven (copyright Rob Stevens KUL)
Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (3rd edition)

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Bioinformatics has quickly become an integral part of life sciences research by enabling innovative computational approaches in an increasingly data-dense environment.

Inspired by the sold-out editions in 2016 and 2018, VIB (a non-profit life sciences research institute) is organizing this third edition to highlight recent developments in bioinformatics research, and to showcase its impact in medical, agricultural, and biotechnological research.

Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will present recent scientific findings in applied bioinformatics. They will shed light on the future perspectives of their research in the following plenary sessions:

  • Microbial & plant genomics: from simple to complex
  • Structural bioinformatics and proteomics
  • Data integration, machine learning and networks
  • Single cell bioinformatics


Besides an inspiring scientific program, conference participants will have ample networking opportunities during poster sessions and the conference dinner.

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Confirmed speakers

Nick Loman
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Nick Loman

Nick Loman

Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham, UK
Sushmita Roy
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Sushmita Roy

Sushmita Roy

Dept. of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, US
Sofia Forslund
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Sofia Forslund

Sofia Forslund

Experimental and Clinical Research Centre (ECRC, a joint venture of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the Charité University Hospital), DE
Klaas Vandepoele
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Klaas Vandepoele

Klaas Vandepoele

Ghent University, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, BE & VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE

Program

Preconference reception - Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

19:00
20:00
Reception at City Hall

We proudly welcome those of you arriving a day in advance of the conference for a reception in the beautiful Leuven City Hall. The Mayor of Leuven will tell you a bit about the city and you will get to taste some of those famous Belgian beers.

The town hall is Leuven's pride and joy. Moreover, it's one of the best-known Gothic town halls worldwide. It took three architects and thirty years to build it. Leuven's 'Hall of Fame' features 236 statues, which were only added to the façade after 1850.

Day 1 - Thursday, 13 February, 2020

Address: Provinciehuis, Provincieplein 1, 3010 Leuven

08:15
08:55
Registration & welcome coffee
08:55
09:00
Welcome by Alexander Botzki
Session 1 - Microbial & plant genomics: from simple to complex
09:00
09:05
Introduction by session chair Vera van Noort
09:05
09:40
Strain tracking with metagenomics to understand pathogen transmission

Nick Loman

Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham, UK
10:15
10:45
Coffee break
10:45
11:20
Confounder-aware systems medical approaches

Sofia Forslund

Experimental and Clinical Research Centre (ECRC, a joint venture of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the Charité University Hospital), DE
11:20
11:55
Charting the genome landscape of western civilisation

Klaus Mayer

Plant Genome and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, DE
11:55
12:30
Comparative analysis of the Seminavis robusta genome and transcriptome offer insights into the evolutionary adaptations of benthic diatoms

Klaas Vandepoele

Ghent University, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, BE & VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE
12:30
12:45
Genetic analysis of plasmid-encoded mcr-1 mediated resistance in Enterobaceriaceae

Miaomiao Zhou

School of Life Sciences, Avans University of Applied Sciences, NL
Selected from abstracts
12:45
13:30
Lunch
13:30
14:30
Poster session - odd numbers
Session 2 - Structural bioinformatics and proteomics
14:30
14:35
introduction by session chair Peter Tompa
14:35
15:10
Integrative modelling of biomolecular complexes
15:10
15:45
Dissecting context dependent cancer signalling processes using CRISPR-based approaches
15:45
16:00
Leveraging the biophysical context of amino acid residues to understand protein behaviour

Wim Vranken

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE; VIB, BE; Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels, BE
Selected from abstracts
16:00
16:30
Coffee break
16:30
17:05
Components of reproducible quantitative mass spectrometry-based research: a statistician's perspective
17:05
17:40
Probabilistic mapping of the sub-cellular proteome
17:40
18:15
Extending the small molecule similarity principle to all levels of biology

Patrick Aloy

Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology lab, IRB Barcelona, ES
18:15
19:00
Reception
19:00
19:45
Guided tour to the conference dinner restaurant
20:00
22:30
Conference dinner

Day 2 - Friday, 14 February, 2020

Address: Provinciehuis, Provincieplein 1, 3010 Leuven

08:45
09:15
Welcome coffee
Session 3 - Data integration, machine learning and networks
09:15
09:20
introduction by session chair Klaas Vandepoele
09:55
10:30
Inference of regulatory network dynamics in developmental and evolutionary lineages

Sushmita Roy

Dept. of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, US
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
Matrix Factorization approaches for data integration. Towards better gene set and pathway analysis

Aedin Culhane

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, US
11:35
11:50
Methplotlib: analysis of modified nucleotides from nanopore sequencing

Wouter De Coster

VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, BE
Selected from abstracts
11:50
12:05
Integrated multiomics unravels metabolic diet-microbiota-host interactions

Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeeva

EMBL Heidelberg, DE & Yale University, US
Selected from abstracts
12:05
13:15
Lunch
13:15
14:15
Poster session - even numbers
Session 4 - Single-cell bioinformatics
14:15
14:20
introduction by session chair Laurent Gatto
14:20
14:55
Mapping the temporal and spatial dynamics of the human endometrium
14:55
15:30
Spatial and temporal transcriptomics reveal microglia-astroglia crosstalk in the amyloid--β plaque cell niche of Alzheimer’s disease

Ashley Lu

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
15:30
16:00
Coffee break
16:00
16:15
Single-cell aging clock

Sumeet Singh

IRIBHM, ULB, BE
Selected from abstracts
16:15
16:50
High-throughput single-cell proteomics quantifies the emergence of macrophage heterogeneity
16:50
17:00
Closing remarks & #useGalaxy Poster Prize ceremony

Organizing committee

Abstracts

The full list of abstracts will be available on 06-02-2020 until 21-02-2020
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

Attendees

The full list of attendees will be available on 06-02-2020 until 21-02-2020
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.