Speakers

       
Prof. Nikolaus RAJEWSKY
Laboratory for Systems Biology of Gene Regulatory Elements, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin
The Rajewsky lab studies how RNA regulates gene expression. A past focus of the group was on mechanisms and functions of microRNAs. More recently, they have started to study the function of RNA binding proteins and long noncoding RNAs, including circular RNAs (circRNAs).
       
Dr. Sébastien PFEFFER
Architecture and Reactivity of RNA, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du CNRS, Université de Strasbourg
The Pfeffer lab is centered on the study of the interplay between RNA silencing related processes and cellular responses to virus infection. More specifically, they focus their research on the importance and regulation of small non-coding RNAs for herpesviruses and arboviruses.

       
Dr. Julieta APREA PEREZ
Center for Regenerative Therapies, School of Medicine, Technische Universität Dresden
Julieta is senior postdoc in the group of Prof. Federico Calegari. The Calegari lab explores the role of long non-coding RNAs in neural stem cell (NSC) dynamics during embryonic brain development and in adulthood. A small population of NSC persists in specific areas of the adult brain where they generate new neurons throughout life. Controlling the generation of neurons in the brain could be important for brain recovery during aging, neurodegenerative disease or injury.
 

       
Prof. Eleonora LEUCCI
Laboratory for RNA Cancer Biology, Department of Oncology, KU Leuven
The research program of the Leucci lab is devoted to the study of long non-coding RNAs implicated in genesis, progression and maintenance of cancer. In particular, they identified the oncogenic lncRNA SAMMSON as a key guardian of proteostasis in melanoma cells, by means of its ability to coordinate ribosome biogenesis, a prerequisite for translation, in the cytosol and in the mitochondria.

       
Dr. Pierre CLOSE
Laboratory of Cancer Signaling, GIGA-Stem Cells, ULiège
The Close lab aims to define the importance of codon-specific mRNA translation and optimization of codon decoding in the regulation of selective mRNA translation and protein synthesis during cancer development, progression and resistance to therapy.

       
Prof. Pieter MESTDAGH
Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics Lab, Cancer Research Institute Ghent, Center for Medical Genetics, UGent
The Mestdagh lab focuses on the study of long non-coding RNAs in cancer with the goal to expand our knowledge on lncRNA functions, gain insights in the mechanisms by which they operate and evaluate their use as therapeutic targets and cancer biomarkers.