NOTE STARTING TIME AT 13.00 No registration required.
Welcome to the Sahlgrenska Academy Science Seminars, a series of seminars on Thursdays at 13-14. This seminar will be conducted in Lecture Hall Arvid Carlsson at Academicum and online through zoom webinar.
Here is the link to the webinar: https://gu-se.zoom.us/j/67576965840
The seminars are open to anyone interested in taking part of scientific breakthroughs and projects in the medicine and health science field. Scientists, students and other staff from GU, VGR and other organisations with the common interest of medicine and health science, welcome!
Speaker: Vanessa Vermeirssen, Ghent University, Belgium
Vanessa Vermeirssen graduated from Ghent University with a Master of Science and a PhD in Bioscience Engineering. She conducted postdoctoral training in functional genomics, systems biology, bioinformatics and computational biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Center of Plant Systems Biology of VIB, and the Center for Medical Genetics Ghent. For her doctoral and postdoctoral training, she was awarded fellowships from the Research Fund Flanders, D. Collen Research Foundation for Biomedical and Biotechnology Research from the Belgian American Educational Foundation and the Belgian Science Policy Office. She was part-time visiting professor at Odisee. In 2019, she obtained a research professorship (BOF-ZAP) at Ghent University within the inflammatory gut-brain axis consortium. She started the Laboratory for Computational Biology, Integromics and Gene Regulation (CBIGR) at the Department of Biomedical Molecular Biology and the Department of Biomolecular Medicine at Ghent University. She also became a group leader at the Cancer Research Institute Ghent (CRIG). She has internationally recognized expertise in systems biology and bioinformatics, more specifically in gene regulatory networks, regulatory genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, network inference and multi-omics data integration.
The CBIGR (pronounce “see bigger”) team aims to unravel mechanisms of complex diseases by acquiring a functional understanding of gene regulation and signaling towards personalized medicine, using statistics, bioinformatics and machine learning, as well as high-throughput biological approaches. We are applying, benchmarking and optimizing methods in transcriptomics, (epi)genomics, single-cell analysis, multi-omics data integration, gene regulatory network inference and drug response prediction. The application focus of the lab is on disorders of the nervous system. In glioblastoma and neuroblastoma tumors, we identify novel driver genes and pathways, and we investigate plasticity and regulatory heterogeneity as responsible factors for drug escape and therapeutic failure. Tumors often show heterogeneity and the identification of key regulators that drive cancer transcriptional reprogramming can be used to therapeutically interfere in precision oncology. In neurological disorders, we study mechanisms of pan-neuroinflammation and gut-brain communication in search for novel preventive and therapeutic opportunities.
Host: Jimmy Van den Eynden, Ghent University and Ruth Palmer, Dep. of Biomedicine, SA
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