BIG N2N Multidisciplinary Seminar Series on Bioinformatics 2016-2017

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools of Natural Sciences, (Bioscience) Engineering and Life Sciences and Medicine


All PhD students

Organising and Scientific Committee

BIG N2N, the Bioinformatics Institute Ghent, From Nucleotides to Networks
Ghent University
p.a. Prof. Yves Van de Peer

Professor, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University
Group Leader, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB  
Technologiepark 927
B-9052 Ghent

Phone: +32 (0)9 331 3807  

Aim and format of the Seminars

The specialist course consists of two parts: a seminar series and ‘capita selecta in bioinformatics’:

The one hour state of the art seminars are organized on a monthly basis and cover the different expertise fields of bioinformatics: genomics, proteomics, systems biology, mathematical modelling, statistics, and computer science. Attention is given to the interrelation of these disciplines and their applications. The seminar series will provide deeper insight into the own field of research and also into other, relevant fields. This will broaden the view and possibly lead to new ideas and developments. The seminars are followed by a one-hour meeting during which interaction and discussion between the speaker, an expert in the field, and the doctoral students is encouraged. These meetings aim at providing the opportunity to present and discuss research problems and getting answers from other perspectives. Students can also ask more general, for instance career-related, questions.

The capita selecta in bioinformatics are a 3-hours weekly course in the Msc. in bioinformatics that is relevant for all PhD students active in biotechnology or bioinformatics. It provides the opportunity to deepen the (practical) knowledge in selected bioinformatics fields. Moreover, since half of the lecturers are from companies and governmental institutions, PhD students are offered unique contact with the work field.

Programme Seminar Series 2016-2017

  • Seminar 1: October 26, 2016 (11:00) lunch meeting (12:00-13:00) - Jozef Schell Seminar room, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde Gent

Predicting and analysing gene functions based on networks - Prof. Aalt Jan van Dijk, Universiteit Wageningen, NL

  • Seminar 2: November 8, 2016 (11:00) lunch meeting (12:00-13:00) -  Jozef Schell Seminar room, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde Gent

Cancer-specific IncRNAs as novel biomarkers and targets for therapy - Prof. Pieter Mestdagh, Faculteit Geneeskunde en Gezondheidswetenschappen, UGent

  • Seminar 3: December 8, 2016 (11:00) lunch meeting (12:00-13:00) - Jozef Schell Seminar room, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde Gent

Transgenerational epigenetic memory and forgetting in C. elegans - Prof. Ben Lehrer, EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Unit, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain

  • Seminar 4: February 7, 2017 (11:00) lunch meeting (12:00-13:00) - Jozef Schell Seminar room, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde Gent

Prof. Lodewyk Wessels, talk: Modeling pharmacogenomic interactions in cancer

(1) The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(2) The Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, Washington, USA
(3) Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Seminar 5: March 7, 2017 (11:00) lunch meeting (12:00-13:00) - Jozef Schell Seminar room, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde Gent

Machine learning for precision medicine - Prof. Jean-Philippe Vert, Mines ParisTech and the Curie Institute in Paris, France

  • Seminar 6: April 25, 2017 (11:00) lunch meeting (12:00-13:00) - Jozef Schell Seminar room, Technologiepark 927, 9052 Zwijnaarde Gent

Computer Vision & Computational Optics for Bioimage Informatics - Professor Eugene Myers, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

Later seminars to be announced.

Programme Capita Selecta 2016-2017

1st semester    10-13u - Room: S8, Leszaal Hydro (2.036)    Campus De Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent

  • 17/okt    Maarten Dhaenens, BIG N2N    Data acquisition in mass spectrometry just went holistic: now it’s up to bioinformaticians to reconstruct the sample content from the data
  • 24/okt    Tom Ruttink, ILVO    Case studies from ILVO genomics platform
  • 7/nov    Yvan Saeys    Machine learning for single cell bioinformatics
  • 28/nov    Rob Dirks, Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V    Genetics and making of chromosome substitution lines and libraries in plant breeding
  • 5/dec    Pieter-Jan Volders, BIG N2N, CRIG    LNCASO: potent antisense oligonucleotide design for long non-coding RNA knockdown
  • 12/dec    Pieter Mestdagh, BIG N2N, CRIG    Cancer-specific lncRNAs as novel biomarkers and targets for therapy

2nd semester    8u30-11u30 - Room: S4, AUD D. Campus De Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent

  • 13/feb    Lucasz Kreft and Janick Mathys, VIB BITS    Biology data visualization – phylogenetic trees revisited
  • 20/feb    Frank Vernaillen en Benjamin Pavie, VIB BITS    Beyond pretty pictures: image analysis in life sciences - Location: Apex, Technologiepark 927
  • 27/feb    Marc Van den Bulcke, Head Cancer Center, WIV    Case study: NGS in (hemato) oncology
  • 13/mrt    Koen Bruynseels en Berenice Wulbrecht van Cropdesign    NoSQL for biotech
  • 20/mrt    9u30 (2u) Sofie Vanlandeghem, J&J    Applying text mining in the pharmaceutical industry
  • 27/mrt    Gerben Menschaert, BIG N2N     The forces of proteome complexity, measure you must! Integration of RNAseq, RIBOseq and MS is the path to the proteogenomics side
  • 24/apr     Tine Casneuf, J&J    High dimensional data analysis for drug development
  • 15/mei    Sigrid De Keersmaecker, WIV    Pathogene profiling in a clinical and public health context + ISO accreditation


E-mail to by mentioning the seminars and capita selecta you wish to attend. The number of places for the lunch meetings is limited to maximum 20 participants. Registration is mandatory!

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Doctoral students are required to attend at least 4 seminars (+ lunch meetings) and at least 5 capita selecta (thus by 5 different lecturers) for accreditation as specialist course in the Doctoral Schools programme.



Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Ghent University Doctoral Schools

More information

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