Meegid XIII

Invited Speakers

Jenefer M. Blackwell

UWA Professor in Genetics and Health, Australia and University of Cambridge, UK

Presentation Title: Understanding pathogenesis of infectious disease through analyses of host genetic risk factor
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Jenefer Blackwell (married name: Miles), BSc First Class Honors Zoology (1969) and PhD Population Genetics (1974) at UWA; F Med Sci (2000); Honorary DSc University of Khartoum (2009); ScD University of Cambridge (2010), FAA (2015) has a major interest in the genetic epidemiology of infectious disease.

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Teresa M. Coque

Ramón y Cajal Institute for BioHealth Research (IRYCIS), Madrid, Spain

Presentation Title: Unraveling the population structure of Enterococcus faecalis: Host-associated differences in core and accessory genomes and adaptation to different environments
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Teresa Coque, PhD graduated as a Pharmacist and Clinical Biochemist, and received her PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Complutensis University of Madrid (Spain). After a postdoctoral training at the Internal Medicine Department in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas at Houston in the USA (1993-1995) and the Center for Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens also at the University of Texas at Houston (1996-97), she returned to Spain in 1998.

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Keith A. Crandall

George Washington University, USA

Presentation title: Computational approaches to microbiome characterization and infectious disease dynamics
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Keith A. Crandall, PhD is the founding Director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. Professor Crandall studies the computational biology, population genetics, and bioinformatics, developing and testing of Big Data methods DNA sequence analysis.  He applies such methods to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially HIV) and crustaceans (especially crayfish).

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Fernando González Candelas

University of Valencia, Spain

Presentation title: Molecular epidemiology and adaptation in the human immunodeficiency virus
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Fernando González Candelas, PhD (University of Valencia, 1987) is Professor of Genetics at the University of Valencia and head of the “Evolution and Health” Research Unit at the Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology at the same university. In addition, he has a joint appointment at the FISABIO-Public Health through the joint research unit “Infection and Public Health” with the University of Valencia and at the CIBERESP (Centre for Networked Research on Biomedicine – Public Health and Epidemiology).

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Odile Harrison

University of Oxford, UK

Presentation Title: Neisseria genomics: current status and future perspectives.
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Odile Harrison PhD, has been studying infectious diseases and the evolution of bacterial pathogens for over 10 years. After graduating with a Microbiology degree from University College London, she pursued a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology at Imperial College London, where in vivo gene expression of the human bacterial pathogen Neisseria meningitidis was investigated.

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Louis Lambrechts

Institut Pasteur, France

Presentation Title: Dynamics and evolution of dengue virus populations within their mosquito vector
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Louis Lambrechts is a junior investigator at the Institut Pasteur in the Department of Genomes & Genetics. After graduating at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, Louis obtained a PhD in Ecology in 2006 for his work on interactions between mosquitoes and malaria parasites at University Pierre & Marie Curie. During his postdoc, he was supported by a European Marie Curie fellowship to study interactions between mosquitoes and dengue viruses at the

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Philippe Lemey

Rega Institute, University of Leuven, Belgium

Presentation title: Advances in reconstructing pathogen trait evolutionary history: new approaches and applications
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Philippe Lemey is a Professor at the Rega Institute, University of Leuven. His research interests lie in the fields of molecular epidemiology, computational biology and viral evolution. In particular, he has studied the evolutionary processes that shape viral genetic diversity, spanning from large-scale epidemic processes, such as population growth and spatial dispersal, to small-scale transmission histories and within-host evolutionary processes.

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Thierry de Meeus

IRD, France

Presently my main areas of investigation concern host and parasite co-structures and the use of molecular markers in ecological inferences, and in particular in epidemiological inferences; and the theoretical and applied population genetics of clonal organisms. The main programs I am currently supervising or undertaking are:

  • Population genetics of trypansosomes and their  vectors in Western Africa;
  • Population genetics of clonal and partially clonal  organisms: theory and application to medically or veterinary relevant  microbes (trypanosomes, leishmania, yeasts).
  • Adaptive polymorphism and habitat preference  evolution, the use of population genetics tools for population biology  inferences in host parasite systems and the population genetics of clones are   thus the main fields in which I am specially qualified.

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Igor Mokrousov

St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute, Russia

Presentation title: Massive human migration and spread of epidemic Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains
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Igor Mokrousov, PhD, DSc, is a head of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics at the St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute, Russia. His research interests include study of evolution, phylogenomics, and molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other mycobacteria; phylogeography and co-evolution with humans; molecular mechanisms and genotypic detection of drug resistance.

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Lluis Quintana-Murci

Institute Pasteur, France

Presentation Title: Selection imposed by pathogens and archaic introgression has shaped the human immune system
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Lluis Quintana-Murci heads the Unit of Human Evolutionary Genetics at the Institut Pasteur (Paris) since 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Population Genetics at the University of Pavia (Italy), and his MSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Spain). He is a population geneticist whose research focuses on the study of human genetic diversity in the context of genome evolution to the role of host genetic diversity in infectious disease.

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Eliora Z. Ron

President of IUMS – International Union of Microbiological Societies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Presentation title: Coping with Antibiotic Resistant Septicemic E. coli
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Eliora Z. Ron got her PhD from Harvard University, USA, under the supervision of Professor Bernard D. Davis. Dr. Ron is author of more than 200 publications, including refereed research papers, review papers, books and chapters in books. Dr. Ron has several patents.

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Manuela Sironi

Bioinformatic Unit of the Scientific Institute IRCCS E. Medea, Italy

Presentation Title: Recent insights into the evolutionary history of arenaviruses
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Manuela Sironi received her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Milan. After an initial focus on the genetics of human neuromuscular disorders, she developed an interest for comparative genomics and for the evolution of non-coding sequences. Since 2007 she has been coordinating one of the research teams at Bioinformatic Unit of the Scientific Institute IRCCS E. Medea.

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Christophe Sola

Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), CEA, CNRS, France

Christophe Sola, 58 years old, is a native from Grenoble, France, a father of two children of 23 and 20 years; he holds a PharmD (1984, Grenoble) and a PhD in Life Sciences (1991, Paris).

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Frederik Van den Broeck

Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium

Presentation Title: The role of founder effects in speciation of parasitic protozoa: a unique Leishmania model in the Peruvian Andes
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Frederik Van den Broeck is a post-doctoral researcher at the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine. His main research interest is the use of next generation sequencing and computational biology to understand the evolution and adaptation of eukaryotic parasites in a clinical context. As a population geneticist, he aims to understand the genomics of virulence in (muco-)cutaneous leishmaniasis in Southern America and drug resistance in animal trypanosomiasis in sub-Saharan Africa.

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