Invited Speakers | Track 5

‘Connecting the dots: novel approaches in biological measurement and analysis’

Erik van Nimwegen

Erik van Nimwegen studied theoretical physics at the University of Amsterdam. He performed his PhD studies at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in Santa Fe New Mexico, receiving his PhD from the Faculty of Biology at Utrecht University in 1999. This was followed by a year of post-doc studies at the SFI, and three years as a fellow at the Center of Studies in Physics and Biology at the Rockefeller University, New York. Since 2003 he is Professor of Computational Biology at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, and group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics since 2004.
Erik van Nimwegen leads an interdisciplinary group of researchers with backgrounds ranging from theoretical physics to molecular biology that are studying the function and evolution of the regulatory networks that cells use to control the expression of their genes. Read more

Cecilia Sahlgren

Dr. Sahlgren obtained her PhD at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU; Turku, Finland) in 2002, focusing on intermediate filaments as signaling mediators. During her postdoctoral work at Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden; 2005-2008) she studied Notch signaling and hypoxia-related cancer cell characteristics. She then returned to Finland to establish the Cell Fate Lab at the Turku Centre for Biotechnology, focusing on Notch in cancer and stem cells. Together with collaborators, she worked on developing nanoparticles and biomaterials for Notch-targeting and modulation of cell differentiation. In 2013, Dr. Sahlgren moved to the department of Biomedical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e; Eindhoven, the Netherlands). At TU/e, her group has created technological platforms to study cell fate decisions in the vasculature and in tumors as well as used computational modelling to predict Notch mechanosensitivity. In 2016, she returned to Finland to become professor of cell biology at ÅAU while also keeping her affiliation to TU/e. In 2017, Dr. Sahlgren was awarded a five-year ERC Consolidator Grant (2 M€) to investigate the interplay of mechanical forces and cell signaling in the vasculature and to clarify their effects on blood vessel architecture. Read more