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Francqui Chair 2022

Publié le 12 janvier 2022 Mis à jour le 8 février 2022

Inaugural Lecture: "Decoding gene regulation in the single-cell era"

Speaker: Prof. Stein Aerts

Date: 01/02/2022 from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Place: Auditorium Louise Popelin - Building W/Online on MS Teams


Prof. Stein Aerts has a multidisciplinary background in both bio-engineering and computer science. During his PhD he was trained in bioinformatics, and during his Postdoc he worked on the genomics of gene regulation in Drosophila. Stein now heads the Laboratory of Computational Biology at the VIB Center for Brain & Disease Research and the KU Leuven Department of Human Genetics. His lab focuses on deciphering the genomic regulatory code, using a combination of single-cell, machine-learning, and experimental approaches. His recent scientific contributions include new bioinformatics methods for the analysis of single-cell gene regulatory networks, namely SCENIC and cisTopic; a new experimental technique for enhancer reporter assays (CHEQ-seq); and a deep learning implementation for enhancer modelling (DeepMEL). Stein co-founded the Fly Cell Atlas consortium and generated single-cell transcriptome and epigenome atlases of the Drosophila brain. He holds an ERC Consolidator Grant and was awarded the 2017 Prize for Bioinformatics and Computational Science from the Biotech Fund and the 2016 Astrazeneca Foundation Award Bioinformatics.


For more information about the Francqui Foundation: http://www.francquifoundation.be/.


le 1 février 2022