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YSF Keynote Speakers
Eric Westhof, professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, France, is at the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in the unit Architecture et Réactivité de l’ARN of the CNRS. He is an executive editor of RNA Journal and Nucleic Acids Research and a member of EMBO, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher LEOPOLDINA, Academia Europaea, and the French Académie des Sciences. His research activities are centered on the relationships between sequences, three-dimensional architectures, evolution and functions of RNA molecules.
Opening Lecture: 'Translation control: the third genetic code'
Pavlina Rezacova is head of the Structural Biology Group shared at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry and Institute of Molecular Genetics, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic. Her research focuses on structural investigation of biologically and/or medicinally relevant proteins and protein–protein complexes. She uses structural knowledge obtained by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy to understand and modulate the biological roles and functions of studied systems.
Keynote Lecture: 'Structure-assisted design of enzyme inhibitors'
Neta Regev-Rudzki, from the Deparment of Biomolecular Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, is leading a lab focused on biology of Plasmodium – the malaria parasite. Her research concerns communication of Plasmodium parasites by secretion of extracellular vesicles. This is a new area of malaria research and only little is currently known about the precise mechanisms of parasite-derived extracellular vesicle cargo delivery and function. As malaria is the most devastating parasitic disease in the world it can be anticipated that this research will lead to important advances in our fight against it as well as to the interesting findings at the field of cell–cell communication and pathogen–host interaction.
Keynote Lecture: 'Malaria parasite networking'
Arkaitz Carracedo is at Ikerbasque – Basque Foundation of Science, Bilbao, Spain. His research is aimed at deconstructing the essential requirements of cancer cells with special emphasis on the translation of the acquired knowledge from bench to bedside. He focuses on signalling and metabolic alterations in tumours, through a multidisciplinary approach. He acquired his research experience in cancer cell signaling in prestigious research centers of Europe and United States. He is an expert in cancer cell biology and identification of therapeutic targets in cancer.
Keynote Lecture: 'The complexity of cancer biology through the looking glass of metabolism'
Hana Cahova is head of a junior research group of chemical biology at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. Her research is focused on searching for new RNA modification and understanding its role. Part of her research comprises studies of viral RNA as a suitable model system. She combines LC/MS, chemical biological techniques and next-generation sequencing to obtain specific information on various chemical RNA modification.
Keynote Lecture: 'How to find a needle in a haystack? (New types of RNA modification)'
C.S. Raman heads a Structural Biochemistry research group at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA. His laboratory focuses on developing innovative and creative approaches to tackle challenging problems in structural membrane biochemistry, cellular signaling, and protein dynamics. Central questions addressed by the laboratory are: (a) How do membrane-integrated metalloenzyme complexes accomplish essential life processes, including respiration, energy conservation, and electron transfer? (b) Can conformational transitions drive the evolution and repurposing of metal-dependent biocatalysts? (c) How do gaseous messengers control the functional output of metalloprotein signal transducers? and (d) What are the consequences of impaired metal cofactor biogenesis?
Closing Lecture: 'Whence biological energy conservation? Adventures in membrane-integral respiratory metalloprotein complexes'