Emerging Applications of Microbes

3-4 June 2019, Leuven, Belgium
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Emerging Applications of Microbes

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the VIB Conference ‘Emerging applications of microbes’. This international conference will take place June 3rd-4th 2019 in the beautiful historic city of Leuven. 

The field of microbiology is moving exceptionally fast, in part because it can take full advantage of the new developments in microscopy, computational biology, synthetic biology, lab-on-chip approaches and single-cell technologies. 

The new breakthroughs and technologies in microbiology do not only allow a better basic understanding of microbes and life in general, they also  open new routes in applied and industrial microbiology. This conference is specifically aimed at the links between the newest knowledge and applications. We aim to provide you with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow researchers with session topics such as:

  • metabolic engineering
  • synthetic biology
  • industrial biotechnology
  • microbial communities

We will welcome a range of world leaders from academia and industry who will discuss the latest applications and technological developments in the field of microbiology.

In addition to the scientific program with plenary talks and poster sessions, there will be ample opportunities to network and discuss collaborations during the breaks, reception and conference dinner.

Information for poster submissions:

The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation.

The best two posters will be rewarded with a poster prize made possible by Nature Reviews Microbiology! The deadline for the abstracts was 1 April

The best four abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program.


Conference image created by Ksenia Vondenhoff

Confirmed speakers

Jens Nielsen

Chalmers University of Technology & DTU Biosustain, SE

Jef Boeke

NYU Langone Health, US

Christina D. Smolke

Antheia & Stanford University, US

Morten Sommer

DTU Biosustain, DK

Jack Pronk

Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, NL

Angela E. Douglas

Cornell University, US

Dan Jarosz

Stanford University, US

Marjan De Mey

Metabolic Engineering of Microorganisms (MEMO) group, Centre for Synthetic Biology (CSB), Ghent University, BE

Francesca Ceroni

Department of Chemical Engineering, imperial College London, UK

Karen Polizzi

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Narendra Maheshri

Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks, US

Sam Possemiers

Managing Director ProDigest BVBA, BE

Maria Teresa Teixeira

CNRS, Sorbonne Université, PSL Research University, Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology of Eukaryotes, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, FR

David Berry

Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, AT

Alain Goossens

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE

Sara Mitri

Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, CH

Neel Joshi

Wyss Institute at Harvard University, US

Jeroen Raes

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE
Download the program

Day 1 - 3 June 2019

Monday, 3 June, 2019
08:45 - 09:15
Registration & coffee
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome
Session 1: Industrial biotechnology/metabolic engineering
09:20 - 09:55
Systems Biology of Yeast Metabolism
Jens Nielsen
Chalmers University of Technology & DTU Biosustain, SE
09:55 - 10:30
Yeast-based ethanol production: improving product yield and robustness by metabolic engineering
Jack Pronk
Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, NL
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:35
Rapid engineering of microbes using the Ginkgo Foundry and Codebase
Narendra Maheshri
Organism Engineer, Ginkgo Bioworks, US
11:35 - 12:10
Development of an oral Live Biotherapeutic Product for IBD: exploiting microbiome expertise to accelerate clinical development
Sam Possemiers
Managing Director ProDigest BVBA, BE
12:10 - 12:45
The place to be for metabolic engineering: the ER
Alain Goossens
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
12:45 - 13:00
Selected Talk: Design and Synthesis of RNA Thermoregulators to Control Metabolic Flux in the Production of Essential Metabolites and Therapeutic Molecules
Jose Ruben Morones-Ramirez
Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo, MX
13:00 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:45
Poster session - Odd numbers
Session 2: Synthetic biology
14:45 - 15:20
Biosynthesis of Complex Plant-Derived Natural Products
Christina D. Smolke
Antheia & Stanford University, US
15:20 - 15:55
Development of synthetic biology tools to investigate cellular burden in bacteria and engineer more robust gene expression
Francesca Ceroni
Department of Chemical Engineering, imperial College London, UK
15:55 - 16:10
Selected Talk: Engineering bugs for the discovery of new drugs against diseases caused by protein misfolding and aggregation
Georgios Skretas
National Hellenic Research Foundation, GR
16:10 - 16:15
Sponsored talk: Expand Your Possibilities with ZEISS
Cicerone Tudor
Product & Application Specialist, Zeiss, BE
16:15 - 16:45
Coffee break & Meet the Editor session
16:45 - 17:20
An orthogonal synthetic biology toolbox for the optimisation of microbial cell factories
Marjan De Mey
Metabolic Engineering of Microorganisms (MEMO) group, Centre for Synthetic Biology (CSB), Ghent University, BE
17:20 - 17:55
Genetically-encoded biosensors for bioprocess development
Karen Polizzi
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
17:55 - 18:55
Reception
19:00 - 19:45
Guided tour to the De Hoorn (for conference participants)
20:00 - 22:30
Conference dinner @ De Hoorn

Organizing Committee:

Kevin Verstrepen, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jan Michiels, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jeroen Raes, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Johan Thevelein, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Karin Voordeckers, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Alain Goossens, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Han Remaut, VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology
Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, Science Events Manager, VIB, BE

Day 2 - 4 June 2019

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019
08:45 - 09:15
Coffee
Session 3: Microbial communities/ host-pathogen interactions
09:20 - 09:55
Quantitative, population-level microbiome monitoring - the Flemish Gut Flora project
Jeroen Raes
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE
09:55 - 10:30
Exploring microbial communities using single-cell isotope probing
David Berry
Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna, AT
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:35
Insect Microbiomes: Biomedical model and target for insect pest control
Angela E. Douglas
Cornell University, US
11:35 - 12:10
Using a four-species synthetic bacterial community to degrade industrial oils
Sara Mitri
Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, CH
12:10 - 12:25
Selected Talk: Asthma prevention and increased gut microbiota resilience: a new probiotic application for Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1?
Irina Spacova
University of Antwerp, BE
12:25 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 14:15
Poster session - Even numbers
Session 4: Novel approaches
14:15 - 14:50
Using microbes to map drivers of phenotypic change: within and between species
Dan Jarosz
Stanford University, US
14:50 - 15:25
Solar panels on yeast: Inorganic biohybrids for enhanced photochemical production
Neel Joshi
Wyss Institute at Harvard University, US
15:25 - 15:40
Selected Talk: Broadening the Host-Specificity of MAGE
Timothy M Wannier
Harvard Medical School, US
15:40 - 16:10
Coffee break
16:10 - 16:45
How telomeres control cell proliferation: lessons from budding yeast
Maria Teresa Teixeira
CNRS, Sorbonne Université, PSL Research University, Laboratory of Molecular and Cell Biology of Eukaryotes, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, FR
16:45 - 17:20
Elucidating and controlling heterogeneity in fermentations
Morten Sommer
DTU Biosustain, DK
17:20 - 17:55
The Dark Matter Project
Jef Boeke
NYU Langone Health, US
17:55 - 18:05
Closing remarks

Organizing Committee:

Kevin Verstrepen, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jan Michiels, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Jeroen Raes, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Johan Thevelein, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Karin Voordeckers, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Alain Goossens, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Han Remaut, VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology
Nico Callewaert, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, Science Events Manager, VIB, BE

Attendees

The full list of attendees will be available on 27-05-2019 until 18-06-2019.
This list will only be available for registered attendees of the event.

Abstracts

The full list of abstracts will be available on 27-05-2019 until 18-06-2019.
Only registered attendees can download abstracts.

Venue

KU Leuven Promotion & Jubileumzaal
Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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Public transport

The venue is easy to reach from the Leuven train station, it will take you 15 min. to walk. The national railway company of Belgium is called NMBS.

Leuven Railway station
Martelarenplein 16
3000 Leuven

More info

Travel by car

Parking Sint Jacob

Sint-Jacobsplein
3000 Leuven

Parking Ladeuze

Monseigneur Ladeuzeplein 9-17
3000 Leuven

Parking Erasmusplein

Herbert Hooverplein
3000 Leuven

Travel by plane

Brussels airport
A201
1930 Zaventem

More info

Housing

La Royale
Martelarenplein 6, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: info@laroyale.be

Hotel New Damshire
Schapenstraat 1, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: reservations@hotelnewdamshire.be

Novotel Leuven Centrum
Vuurkruisenlaan 4, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: h3153@accor.com

Hotel Binnenhof
Maria Theresiastraat 65, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: info@hotelbinnenhof.be

IBIS Leuven Centrum
Brusselsestraat 52, 3000 Leuven
Reservations: H1457-RE@accor.com