Autumn Conference PTBI 2021 — Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Joanna Polańska, Head of the Department of Engineering and Data Mining Analysis, and Professor at the Silesian University of Technology. Member of AcademiaNet and the Polish Academy of Sciences. Winner of many awards and distinctions, including the Silesian Science Award in the field of life sciences. Specialist in machine learning, data mining, genome analysis and biostatistics. Her area of experience is development of bioinformatic tools and creation of algorithms for analysis of gene expression data obtained from DNA and cDNA microarrays, development of mathematical models applicable in the analysis of type 1 diabetes epidemiology in children, implementation and adaptation of techniques for the construction of multivariate models for the analysis of genetic interactions in the search for the genetic background of a number of diseases and selected molecular processes.


Dr Hugues Richard is a researcher at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin since Sept. 2019 and was Associate Professor in the computer science department at Sorbonne University in Paris. His area of expertise is the statistical and computational analysis of high throughput sequencing data. He is involved in multiple joint projects, either by developing new methods and making corresponding software available to the community, or by directly collaborating with experimentalists on projects motivated by a specific biological question.


 Dr Noam Kaplan is an Assistant Professor at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, where he leads the Lab of Genome Structure and Function. Dr Kaplan obtained his BSc and MSc in Biochemistry and Bioinformatics at the Hebrew University, and his PhD in Computational Biology at the Weizmann Institute. He then pursued research of 3D genome organization as a Human Frontier Science Program postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 2016, Dr Kaplan was selected for the prestigious Azrieli Faculty Fellows program and joined the Technion Faculty of Medicine as a faculty member. Together with his group, he studies the profound connection between genetic information and its spatial organization. His research combines experimental and computational methods to gain a mechanistic understanding of how the genome encodes its spatial organization and how this organization conveys biological function in various biological systems and diseases. Dr Kaplan’s scientific contributions cover a wide range of topics including pioneering research on nucleosome organization and the co-invention of Hi-C-based genome assembly, a principle which has since been used to assemble several dozens of complex genomes.