Keynotes

Dr. Anna Zhukova

After a PhD in computer science at the university of Bordeaux, and experiences in Russia, France, and the UK, Anna Zhukova is now working as research engineer at the laboratory of Evolutionary Bioinformatics of the Institut Pasteur in Paris. A computer scientist by training, she is now applying this knowledge to solve biological problems with particular interest in modelling of biological systems, knowledge inference, ontologies and data visualisation. She is involved in different interesting projects like Modelling the emergence and transmission of HIV-1 drug resistance mutations in the UK, and Systems biology of cell infection by the bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, as well as tools like Mimoza, a web-based semantic zooming and navigation in metabolic networks.

Dr. Julio Saez-Rodriguez

Julio Saez-Rodriguez shows an extraordinary international and diverse career profile: graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Oviedo and the University of Stuttgart, PhD at the Max-Planck-Institute in Magdeburg, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and MIT and group leader at EMBL-EBI with a joint appointment in Heidelberg and Cambridge. He is currently based in Aachen University. The goal of his research is to acquire a functional understanding of the deregulation of signalling networks in disease and to apply this knowledge to novel therapeutics, with his main focus being in cancer and metabolic/auto-immune diseases. He aims to discern the mode of action of existing therapies and provide avenues for the development of new drugs, also by developing new tools. He is also involved in DREAM (Dialogue for Reverse Engineering Assessments and Methods), a community effort to advance the inference of mathematical models of cellular networks.