The DANEMO Symposium features presentations by outstanding researchers from both EMBL and Denmark, representing the new research themes Planetary Biology, Human Ecosystems, and Microbial Ecosystems in EMBL's new programme "Molecules to Ecosystems".
Further, learn more about the scientific facilities and funding opportunities offered to life scientists and students in Denmark by both EMBL and EMBO, and hear inspirational short talks by young researchers pursuing their research career at EMBL.
The DANEMO Symposium 2022 aims to encourage and strengthen collaborations between Danish researchers and EMBL research groups, and use of the many opportunities for research and career development that EMBL and EMBO has to offer. Also the DANEMO Fellowship for Collaborative Work to support scientific interactions with EMBL researchers and use of facillities will be highlighted.
Liz Duke has a background in X-ray methods development for life science and has worked at synchrotron facilities for her entire career. After many years developing techniques, instrumentation and beamlines for macromolecular crystallography she realised that there were huge opportunities in the area of biological X-ray imaging. Initially she was involved in the development of cryo soft X-ray microscopy which is a technique for non-destructive 3D imaging of single cells. More recently her interest has been in developing and establishing techniques for hard X-ray imaging of soft biological tissues. This coincided with her move to EMBL Hamburg where she is establishing an X-ray imaging program using the EMBL beamline P14 on the Petra III synchrotron facility there. Currently her research is focussed on the development of high throughput X-ray imaging techniques with a particular emphasis on imaging “large” tissues samples.
Dept. Biology, Section for Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University
Lecture title: "Ecological Dynamics in a Novel Biosphere"
Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning is the director of Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE). His research is centered on biodiversity and ecosystems, integrating “Big Data” ecology with field-based ecology, remote sensing and paleoecology and socio-ecological systems, and has joint focus on fundamental questions with applied research in climate change, alien invasions, conservation, rewilding and sustainability science. Prof. Svenning works on both plants and animals. His work is global in scope, with long-term research foci not only in Europe, but also in Latin America, Africa and East Asia.
Antton Alberdi Estibaritz
Globe Institute, Section for Hologenomics, University of Copenhagen
Lecture title: "A multi-layered approach to interactions between life forms across the globe"
I am a molecular evolutionary ecologist interested in understanding how interactions between life forms (mainly animals and bacteria) affect ecological, evolutionary and applied processes. I use multi-omics to jointly analyse functional attributes of animal genomes and associated microbial metagenomes, to try to disentangle the complex interactions between them and understand the relevance of such an interplay for bacteria, animals and ecosystems.
EMBL Group Leader
Systems Microbiology, Genome Biology Unit, EMBL Heidelberg
Lecture title: "Probing the interface of drugs and human gut microbiome"
The Typas group works at the interface of molecular microbiology and systems biology. They develop quantitative systems-based approaches to study bacterial cellular networks in the context of their interactions with the environment, other bacteria, the host or phages. They then combine this information with targeted molecular approaches to mechanistically dissect new bacterial gene functions and processes that manifest the interactions with their biotic and abiotic environments. The lab current interests lie on toxin-antitoxin systems, phage-bacteria interactions, antibiotics, and the human gut microbiome.
Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Section for Plant Molecular Biology, Aarhus University
Lecture title: "Microbial associations at the plant root-soil interface"
Our research aims to understand how signalling between plant hosts and the associated microbes contributes to the establishment of beneficial ecological niches at the root-soil interface. We use plant and bacterial genetics, molecular tools and bioimaging to study contrasting associations (eubiosis versus dysbiosis) and microbial environments of increasing complexities (single microbes- tailored microbial consortia- soil complex microbiota) to provide a mechanistic understanding of how plants select and accommodate beneficial microbes. Our long-term goal is to provide solutions and tools for improving the ability of plants to benefit from these microbial interactions in sustainable crop production systems.
Dept. Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Section for Microbial and Chemical Ecology, Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites (CeMiSt), Technical University of Denmark
Lecture title: "Role of microbial antibiotic molecules in microbial ecosystems"
Lone leads a Center of excellence on microbial secondary metabolites (cemist.dtu.dk). She and her group has studied bacterial interactions and exploited these in food biopreservation and aquaculture biocontrol. Here, they have spear-headed work demonstrating that marine roseobacters producing the antimicrobial molecule, tropodithietic acid, are promising as fish larval probiotics. Lone joined the world-circumnavigating marine Galathea 3 expedition (2006-2007) and established a collection of marine bacteria producing bioactive molecules. They have found a range of novel molecules with antibiotic, antivirulence and immunomodulatory activities produced by these marine bacteria. Currently, they are focusing on unraveling the roles of these molecules, the microbial secondary metabolites with antibiotic activity, both in the producing microorganism and in natural microbiomes and ecosystems.
Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen
Lecture title: "Deep sea microbial ecosystems"
My research interest and expertise is in virus-bacteria interactions in the marine environments and the role of viruses for microbial diversity, evolution and biogeochemical cycling. In the deep sea ecosystems, I study the diversity and distribution of viruses and prokaryotes and the effects of viral infections on benthic carbon and nutrient mineralization and the contribution of viruses to the functional properties of their bacterial host cells.
Søren Johannes Sørensen
Section of Microbiology, University of Copenhagen
Lecture title: "The mobilome - the flexible genepool in complex microbial ecosystems"
Tissue Biology and Disease Modelling Unit, EMBL Barcelona
Lecture title: "Organoid models of plasticity and differentiation in pulmonary neuroendocrine cells and cancers"
Talya is a new Group Leader at the EMBL tissue biology and disease modeling unit in Barcelona, Spain. Her group develops 3D, in vitro organoid models of human tissue (airway/lung and patient tumors) to recapitulate developmental and cancer phenotypes of a specialized, hormone-producing cell type, the neuroendocrine cell. Talya has two broad areas of interest – development and cancer – and her research group wants to understand how these intersect and can be manipulated for patient benefit.
Clinical Associate Professor
Dept. Clinical Medicine, Section for Pathology, Aarhus University Hospital
Lecture title: "Identifying biomarkers for benefit of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients: combining tissue biobanks and national registries"
Director, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital
Group Leader, Dept. of Cancer Immunology
Professor Inst. Clin. Medicine, University of Oslo
Lecture title: "The Norwegian Cancer Precision Medicine Implementation Initiative – a prototype learning ecosystem for precision oncology"
Jasmina Al Mousawi
Current PhD student in Epigenetics, EMBL Rome
Previous student at University of Copenhagen
Lecture title: "Epigenetic mechanisms shaping embryonic gene expression"
Rasmus Kjeldsen Jensen Postdoctoral research fellow at Structural and Computational Biology Unit, at EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany.
Lecture title: "Visualizing the membrane proteome of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in situ"
Senior Scientist, Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen
Previous postdoc, EMBL Heidelberg