Keynote Lectures


Alexander Borst

Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany

Alexander Borst is a neurobiologist, director at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany. Borst’s scientific research is focused on the foundations of information processing and neural circuits in the fly brain.



Robert Gentleman

23andMe, San Francisco, USA

Robert Gentleman is a statistician and bioinformatician currently vice president of computational biology at 23andMe, in San Francisco, US. He is recognized, along with Ross Ihaka, as one of the originators of the R programming language and the Bioconductor project.



Núria López-Bigas

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain

Núria López-Bigas is a biologist specialized in cancer genomics. She is ICREA Research Professor at Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) in Barcelona, Spain and her main focus of research is the development of computational approaches to identify tumor causing mutations.



Leonid Mirny

MIT, Cambridge (MA), USA

Leonid Mirny is Professor of Medical Engineering and Science, and Physics at the MIT in Cambridge (MA), US. His research focuses on the three-dimensional organization of chromosomes and the evolutionary dynamics of cancer.



Lior Pachter

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Lior Pachter is a computational biologist and mathematician. He works as Bren Professor of Computational Biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He has widely varied research interests including genomics, combinatorics, computational geometry, machine learning, scientific computing, and statistics.



Mihaela Zavolan

University of Basel, Switzerland

Mihaela Zavolan is Professor in Computational Biology at the University of Basel in Switzerland. The focus of her research is using both experimental and computational methods to discover and understand the regulatory networks governing the interpretation of genetic information at the level of tissues and single cells.