5th UBC Symposium: Big Data in Life Sciences

Extended poster submission deadline: Friday September 7th!

Utrecht Bioinformatics Center celebrates her fifth anniversary with a full day symposium on October 1st 2018. The anniversary symposium ‘Big Data in Life Sciences’ will feature an exciting program with two international keynote speakers, principal investigators from our local community, selected talks from abstracts as well as posters. We strongly encourage all (bioinformatics) students, PhD’s and post-docs to submit an abstract for a poster contribution not least because out of all poster abstracts, three abstracts will be selected for a short presentation during the symposium and the UBC makes a poster price available of 150 euro! Furthermore, there will of course be ample time to interact during lunch, coffee breaks and the concluding reception.

Please register (free)


Send your (poster) abstract after registration


Since the inception of the Utrecht Bioinformatics Center, its annual symposium has been a successful event for our UBC community. It is a good opportunity to meet and interact with one another, share great bioinformatics research at Utrecht Science Park, and be inspired by internationally renowned keynote speakers.

Preliminary program

9:30-10:00: Registration
10.00-10.20: Welcome by Berend Snel
10.20-10.30: Retrospect and future by Gerrit van Meer, former dean Faculty of Science UU and Isabel Arends, dean Faculty of Science UU
10.30-11.15: keynote speaker: Debora Marks, Harvard medical School
title TBA
11.15-11.30: coffee break
11.30-12.30: session 1
PI talk: Frank Holstege, Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology
Identifying a leukemic cell subpopulation that predicts relapse
Wouter van Solinge, UMC Utrecht
title TBA
selected talk
12.30-14.30: walking lunch and poster presentations
14.30-15.30: session 2
PI talk: Geert Kops, Hubrecht Insitute & Oncode Institute
Weird divisions: Evolutionary dynamics of eukaryotic kinetochores
2 selected talks
15.30-15.45: coffee break
15.45-16.30: keynote speaker: Paul Thompson, University of Southern California
ENIGMA, big data & human brain: imaging and genomics of brain diseases in 70,000 individuals from 35 countries
16.30-16.45: award ceremony
16.45: drinks and social event


About the keynote speakers

Debora Marks
The first confirmed keynote speaker is Debora Marks from Harvard Medical School. Debora is well known for her seminal work in predicting 3D protein structures from sequences, as well as predicting the consequences of genetic variation in relation to disease and drug response. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Overton Prize by the International Society of Computational Biology.  

Paul Thompson
The second keynote speaker is Paul Thompson, Professor of Neurology at the Imaging Genetics Center of the University of Southern California. Paul’s lab develops mathematical and computational algorithms to map and understand the human brain. He currently leads the Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) project, a global initiative to understand how brain structures and the underlying genetic landscape change as a result of diseases such as mental illness and Alzheimer.