Third ESCS keynote confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lars Juhl Jensen is the third confirmed keynote for ESCS 2014.

Lars Juhl Jensen started his research career in Søren Brunak’s group at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), from which he in 2002 received the Ph.D. degree in bioinformatics for his work on non-homology based protein function prediction. During this time, he also developed methods for visualization of microbial genomes, pattern recognition in promoter regions, and microarray analysis. From 2003 to 2008, he was at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) where he worked on literature mining, integration of large-scale experimental datasets, and analysis of biological interaction networks. Since the beginning of 2009, he has continued this line of research as a professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the Panum Institute in Copenhagen and as a co-founder and scientific advisor of Intomics A/S. He is a co-author of more than 100 scientific publications that have in total received more than 7000 citations. He was awarded the Lundbeck Foundation Talent Prize in 2003, his work on cell-cycle research was named “Break-through of the Year” in 2006 by the magazine Ingeniøren, his work on text mining won the first prize in the “Elsevier Grand Challenge: Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences” in 2009, and he was awarded the Lundbeck Foundation Prize for Young Scientists in 2010.

Learn more about him here.

Second ESCS14 keynote confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeroen de Ridder is the second keynote for ESCS 2014! Dr. de Ridder received his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (TUD) in 2005. Subsequently, he started a PhD to work on pathway discovery in insertional mutagenesis data. This work was carried out in the Delft Bioinformatics lab (Reinders group, TUD) and at the Netherlands Cancer Insitute (Wessels group). His PhD work resulted in a statistical framework for the analysis of retroviral insertional mutagenesis data to identify cancer genes in mice and was used in the analysis of several mutagenesis datasets in collaboration with researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Hinxton, UK). More recently, he published a method for pathway inference from multimodel genomics data. During his PhD, Dr. de Ridder visited the Shmulevich lab at the Institute for Systems Biology (Seattle, USA), where he worked on multi-scale methods for genomic data analysis. In addition, Dr. de Ridder has been an active member of the national and international bioinformatics communities, first as member of the board of the Dutch Regional Student Group, co-initiated by NBIC, and later as the elected chair of the Student Council, an initiative of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Dr. de Ridder currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Delft Bioinformatics Group.

Learn more about him here.

First ESCS2014 keynote confirmed

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lennart Martens is the first confirmed keynote for our symposium! Dr. Martens has been leading the Computational Omics and Systems Biology (CompOmics) Group at VIB and Ghent University, both in Ghent, Belgium, since October 2009. Prof. Martens obtained his Ph.D. in Sciences: Biotechnology from Ghent University, and afterwards served as PRIDE Group Coordinator at EMBL-EBI before returning to Ghent University and VIB in his current position.

You can found out more about him on his website.


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