A very successful 6th UBC symposium

UBC symposium 2019

A very successful 6th UBC symposium

On 7 October the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center symposium took place for the sixth time. The program reflected the breadth of bioinformatics within life sciences, and showed diversity of research carried out in the different computational groups at Utrecht Science Park. 

Keynotes and Principal Investigators

Our keynotes prof.dr.ir Thijs Ettema and dr Sara Pulit presented their innovative work. Thijs talked about his groundbreaking work on the asgard archaea and where they fit into the tree of life.  Sara enlightened us on how she’s using genetics to aid drug discovery in a pharmaceutical setting.
In addition, two of our local principal investigators, Anita Schürch and Vlad Cojocaru, showcased their research. Anita explained her work on the interaction of different organisms with the microbiome of hospitalized patients. Vlad zoomed in on his work on modeling the structure of protein-DNA interactions.

Thijs Ettema

Thijs Ettema

Vlad Cojocaru

Vlad Cojocaru

Antita Schuerch

Antita Schuerch

Sara Pulit

Sara Pulit

Young community

Four junior scientists represented the young bioinformatics community in Utrecht by giving a presentation based on their abstracts submitted. Roy Straver, Laura Dijkhuizen, Niels Aerts and Rurika Oka were selected and separately took the stage.

Roy Straver

Roy Straver

Laura Dijkhuizen

Laura Dijkhuizen

Niels Aerts

Niels Aerts

Rurika Oka

 

Best poster prices

Special appreciation was there for Joanna Wolthuis for her poster on MetaBoShiny (3rd), Luan Nguyen for his poster on recombination deficiency (2nd) and Josephine Daub for her poster on genetic interactions in pediatric cancer (1st). Congratulations to all for this achievement. 

Joanna Wolthuis

Joanna Wolthuis

Luan Nguyen

Luan Nguyen

Josephine Raub

Josephine Raub

 

With close to 200 participants, over 30 posters and ample opportunity to interact, it was an inspiring symposium with lots of opportunities to share ideas with fellow computational biologists.


As part of the 50 year bioinformatics activities the next UBC symposium will last two days.
Save the date: 5 and 6 October 2020!