Systems Biology

Systems Biology

Systems biology has gained an increasing interest in the academic and private sectors. The study of an organism encompassing the examination of its cellular structure and dynamics as a whole provides an improved overview of its functionalities.
Systems Biology
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The study of biological system requires an interdisciplinary approach which weaves together biology, physics and mathematics. A perspective from these other branches of science helps to better predict and understand biological phenomena.

This approach has been widely applied to questions in medicine and the environment. Investigating the communication between different organisms using a systems biology approach can shed light on regulatory mechanisms and how interactions influence different outcomes.

Dr. Karoline Faust —​ KU Leuven, Belgium

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Dr. Karoline Faust is a biologist turned bioinformatician who graduated at the Humboldt University in Berlin and earned her PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under the supervision of Prof. van Helden. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the KU Leuven in the group of Prof. Raes. She is currently an Assistant Professor, heading the group of Microbial Systems Biology at KU Leuven.

Her research focusses on the development of new tools for the construction and analysis of microbial networks (CoNet, manta, anuran) as well as the investigation of microbial community dynamics in silico and in vitro. Her work is thus situated at the intersection of bioinformatics, systems biology and microbial ecology.

Systems Biology I session
March 29, 3:30–4:15 pm CEST

Prof. Boris Macek —​ University of Tübingen, Germany

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Professor of Quantitative Proteomics and Director of Proteome Center at the University of Tübingen

Prof. Macek performs research in areas of proteogenomics, phosphoproteomics, biological signal transduction and quantitative analysis of protein modifications. He currently applies proteogenomics to refine bacterial genome annotation and investigates bacterial protein phosphorylation in context of signal transduction and antibiotic persistence. He moved to Tübingen in 2008 after completing his education at Universities of Zagreb, Münster and Odense, as well as at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried.

Systems Biology II session
March 30, 9:10–9:55 am CEST