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1st IRB Barcelona POSTDOC DAY

3 Apr 2014

Barcelona, 3 April 2014
Place: Auditorium PCB

We are pleased to announce the upcoming IRB Barcelona Postdoc Day,an initiative of the IRB Barcelona Postdoctoral Council. This one-day event aims to foster collaborative efforts between IRB Barcelona groups, as well as to promote networking among the scientific community in Barcelona.

The Postdoc Day at a glance:

- Professor Tim Hunt, from the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute and holder of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, will be the keynote speaker in a plenary lecture to mark the opening of the Postdoc Day.

- Dr. Melike Lakadamyali, Assistant Professor (ICFO), Nest Fellow, and holder of an ERC Starting Grant, and Dr. Guillaume Filion, Group Leader (CRG) and holder of an ERC Synergy Grant, will give a short lecture.

- Ten postdoctoral fellows (two from each of the five programmes) will be selected by the members of the Postdoctoral Council to give a short lecture (20' + 5' discussion). They will have the opportunity to present their work with the aim to inspire not only novel approaches to scientific questions, but also new ideas for the development of interdisciplinary projects.

- The postdoctoral community will be able to discuss their projects through poster sessions during coffee breaks.

The symposium will also include a lunch break and a final Cool-off Session (open to the whole IRB Barcelona community), which will be followed by an informal gathering starting at 21.00 (venue to be confirmed).




  • 10 January 2014­-Online registration opens
  • 10 March 2014-Online registration closes
  • 13 March 2014-Notification of acceptance of abstracts/selection for oral presentations
  • 3 April 2014-IRB Barcelona Postdoc Day

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.


Short talks and poster presentation

Abstracts should:

  • Be no longer than 400 words  (plus references)
  • Include a title, authors, affiliations, summary and references
  • Be written in English
  • Be uploaded in a Word document or PDF format
  • Include information about collaborating group(s) and/or highlight potential interest in collaboration(s)
  • Indicate project progression (early, submission underway, submitted for publication)

The selection of posters and short talks will be based on the following criteria:

  • The project should have been performed mostly at IRB Barcelona
  • Results should be related to research fields of high impact and broad interest
  • Preference will be given to work arising from successful collaborations between IRB Barcelona groups.


The Postdoc Day is free but limited to 120 participants.

We strongly encourage participants to share their research results with the community by presenting a poster or giving a short talk. This will also ensure that the registration is given priority.

Abstracts should include a title, authors, affiliations, summary (max 400 words) and references. IRB Barcelona members and postdoctoral fellows in particular have priority registration (on a first-come, first-served basis).

The best short talk and poster will be rewarded!

  • 08:45 - 08:55 Welcome by Postdoctoral Council
  • 08:55 - 09:00 Welcome by IRB Barcelona Director

Session 1 (Chair: Jordi Duran)

  • 10:00 - 10:25 María Isabel Hernández-Alvarez, Molecular Medicine
  • 10:25 - 11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Session

Session 2 (Chairs: Mohammed Mahidur Rahman & Toni Todorovski)

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Guillaume Filion (Group Leader CRG)
  • 11:30 - 11:55 Montserrat Serra-Batiste, Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
  • 11:55 - 12:20 Nareg J-V Djabrayan, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • 12:20 - 12:45 Pablo D. Dans, Structural and Computational Biology
  • 12:45 - 14:30 Lunch Break & Poster Session

Session 3 (Chairs: Laura Nevola & Jelena Urosevic)

  • 14:30 - 15:00 Melike Lakadamyali (Group Leader ICFO)
  • 15:00 - 15:25 Daniele Taurelio, Oncology
  • 15:25 - 15:50 Christopher T.W. Phang, Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
  • 15:50 - 16:15 Gonzalo Fernández-Miranda, Molecular Medicine
  • 16:15 - 16:50 Coffee Break & Poster Session

Session 4 (Chair: Samira Jaeger & Ana Igea)

  • 16:50 - 17:15 Kyra Campbell, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • 17:15 - 17:40 D. Roeland Boer, Structural and Computational Biology
  • 17:40 - 18:05 Francisco M. Barriga, Oncology
  • 18:05 - 18:20 Closing remarks
  • 18:20 - 20:00 Cool-off Session

Auditorium (Parc Científic de Barcelona)
IRB Barcelona - Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Parc Científic de Barcelona
c/ Baldiri Reixac 10
08028 Barcelona, Spain

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Professor Tim Hunt. Sir Richard Timothy “Tim” Hunt was born in Neston, Cheshire, UK, in 1943. After studying Natural Sciences at Clare College in Cambridge, in 1968 he completed his PhD in Biochemistry under the supervision of Asher Korner in the same institution. He then started his research in Irvine London’s Laboratory in New York where, in collaboration with Nechama, E. Kosower and E. Ehrenfeld, he discovered the protein synthesis inhibitory effects of glutathione and RNA in reticulocytes. Afterwards, he moved back to Cambridge, where together with T. Hunter and R. Jackson, he uncovered several novel inhibitors of protein biosynthesis. In the summer of 1982 Professor Hunt joined the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he started research focused on cyclins, which led to outstanding results and fundamental discoveries in the field. Since 1990 Tim Hunt has been working at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute. In 1991 he became a fellow of the Royal Society and in 1999 a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

In 2001, Prof. Hunt was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with Leland Hartwell and Sir Paul Nurse, for discovering the cell cycle regulatory functions of cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinases. In 2006 he received the Royal Medal for discovering a key aspect of cell cycle control and was knighted by the Queen in the same year. Prof. Hunt is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering. He also serves on the Selection Committee for Life Science and Medicine, which chooses the winners of the Shaw Prize. Last but not least, he is a member of the External Advisory Board of IRB Barcelona and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona.

Dr. Melike Lakadamyali was born in Cyprus. After obtaining a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, USA, in 2001, she started her PhD in the same discipline at Harvard University, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Xiaowei Zhuang. From 2007 to 2010 she was a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Jeff Lichtman’s group at the Centre for Brain Science at the same university, where she developed a super-resolution imaging method for tracing neuronal connectivity. She is currently Assistant Professor, Nest Fellow and group leader of the Advanced Fluorescence Imaging and Biophysics Lab at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Barcelona. She has written several relevant scientific publications and has been awarded a number of grants, including a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant and recently an ERC Starting Grant, with a project called “Motors”. Last November she became an EMBO Young Investigator.

Dr. Guillaume Filion was born in Canada in 1979. After completing his studies in Molecular Biology and Human Genetics, in 2007 he obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology in Pierre-Antoine Defossez’s laboratory at the Curie Institute Paris (France). From 2008 to 2011, he worked as a postdoctoral associate in Bas van Steensel’s group at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam), where he focused on the “redefinition of Drosophila chromatin”. Since 2012 he has occupied the position of junior group leader of the Genome Architecture group at CRG, Barcelona. In addition to producing high impact scientific publications, he also writes a blog on statistics and their application to biology and has developed two software applications. He has been awarded several grants, among these an ERC Synergy Grant and a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information: irbpostdocday@irbbarcelona.org

Organizing Committee of the IRB Postdoc Day:

  • Anna Merlos, Colorectal Cancer Laboratory
  • Jelena Urosevic, Growth Control and Cancer Metastasis
  • Najate Benhra, Development and Growth Control Laboratory
  • Marta Clemente-Ruiz, Development and Growth Control Laboratory
  • Jordi Duran, Metabolic Engineering and Diabetes Therapy
  • Ana Igea, Signalling and Cell Cycle
  • Saska Ivanova, Heterogenic and Polygenic Diseases
  • Samira Jaeger, Structural Bioinformatics and Network Biology
  • Peter Jung, Colorectal Cancer Laboratory
  • Mohammed Mahidur Rahman, Morphogenesis in Drosophila
  • Laura Nevola, Peptides and Proteins
  • Agustí LLedó, Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Emma Richet, Signalling and Cell Cycle
  • Miranda Stobbe, Genomic Instability and Cancer Laboratory
  • Aurelio Vázquez de la Torre, Peptides and Proteins
  • Toni Todorovski, Structural Characterization of Macromolecular Assemblies
  • Anna Terriente, Development and Growth Control Laboratory

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