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MBI-Sars-CBU seminarer





June 02

Prof. Erich Bornberg-Bauer
Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity
The Westfalian Wilhelms University of Münster

Emergence of de novo protein coding genes from ‘dark genomic matter’ – – fact or fiction?

Chourrout Group/Henriet
Hejnol Group/Martín-Durán

Jun 16

Prof. Tatjana Sauka-Spengler
Radcliffe Department of Medicine
Oxford University


Hejnol Group/Martín-Durán

Jun 23

Nadine Vastenhouw, Group Leader
Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Transcriptional control in time and space.

Hejnol Group/







Mar 17

Prof. Greg Wray, PI
Wray Lab, Duke University

Rapid evolution of larval morphology in sea urchins through rewiring of a developmental gene regulatory network

Chourrout Group/Henriet

Apr 7Dr. José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta, PI
The Gómez-Skarmeta Lab
Centro Andaluz de Biologia del Desarrollo, CABD/CSIC/UPO
Evolution of regulatory landscapesHejnol Group/Martín-Durán
May 5Prof Greg BuddNew perspectives on the Cambrian explosion - hunting down the first animalsHost: Steinmetz Group
May 12Prof. Mark Blaxter
The Blaxter Lab
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
The University of Edinburgh
Ghosts of symbioses past: fossils of Wolbachia in nuclear genomes reveal the complex history of a dynamic nematode–bacterial symbiosis

Chourrout Group/Henriet







Oct 21



Professor Chunaram Choudhary, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, Faculty of Heath Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Mass spectrometry-based global analysis of the dynamics and stoichiometry of lysine acetylation

Arnesen (NAT-group)

Oct 21

N.B. 10:15

Professor Sabine Rospert, University of Freiburg, Germany

The Hsp70 homolog Ssb affects ribosome biogenesis via the TORC1-Sch9 signaling pathway

Arnesen (NAT-group)

Oct 10

Assistant Professor Rui G. Martinho, University of Algarve, Portugal

Epigenetic regulation of transcription and chromatin architecture during meiosis

Arnesen (NAT-group)

July 1

Dr. Mansi Srivastava, Assistant Professor
Dept. og Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University


 Hejnol group

May 27

Adam Reitzel, Dept. of Biological Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Steinmetz Group

Apr 22

Abderrahman Khila, Team Leader
Developmental Genomics and Evolution Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL)


Steinmetz Group

Mar 18

Titus Brown, UC Davies Genome Center


Hejnol group

Mar 4

Prof. Svetlana Maslakova
Oregon Institute for Marine Biology, University of Oregon

Evolution of larval development in ribbon worms (Phylum Nemertea)

Hejnol group

Jan 29

Anagha Joshi, Division of Developmental Biology, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Computational approaches towards understanding transcription control using genome-wide data


Jan 22

 Prof. Cassandra Extavour
Harvard University
OEB Department


Hejnol group



Oct 23

Michele Cascella, UiO

A Native Human Protein Nanoconstruct with Acquired Transcytocic Properties through Endothelial Barriers


Oct 9

Eva Pebay-Peyroula

Nucleotide transporter in mitochondria and chloroplasts: An obstacle course towards structure-function studies


Sep 25

Professor Marie Migaud, Queen’s University Belfast, School of Pharmacy

B-vitamins in biology: is there a place for chemistry?


Aug 24

Vera Gorbunova, professor, University of Rochester

 Longevity mechanisms in the naked mole rat and other long-lived mammals


May 22

N.B. 14.00

Stig Ove Bøe, Group Leader
Experimental Cancer Therapy, Oslo University Hospital

Post mitotic sorting of nuclear proteins; Functions in tissue morphogenesis and cancer

Thompson Group

Thursday May 21


 Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, Ph.D. Associate Prof., Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Control of stem cells by whole-body physiology in Drosophila

Thompson Group

May 08

Dr. Pavel Tomancak
Max Planck Institute (MPI), Dresden


Hejnol Group

Apr 24

Dr. Manuel Irimia
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CGR), Barcelona

Proteome remodelling by highly conserved microexons in the vertebrate brain

Hejnol Group

Apr 10

Robin Andersson
University of Copenhagen

Enhancer transcription accurately identifies active enhancers and reveals architectures of transcriptional regulation

Valen lab

Mar 20

Pawel Burkhadt

Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK

Insights into the origin of synapses from a unicellular perspective

Rentzsch Group

Mar 13

Enrique Amaya

The secrets of scarless wound healing and tissue regeneration


Mar 6


Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen

The utility of whole exome sequencing in Primary Immunodeficiency diseases


Mar  6


Pål Falnes

Discovering new human enzymes involved in methylation and demethylation of nucleic acids and proteins


Feb 6
N.B. 14.30

Francesca Fraternali

Structural Biology Section

King's College, London

Bridging Topological and Functional Information in Protein Interaction Networks









Nov 28

Daniele Altschuh, Institut de recherche de l’Ecole de biotechnologie de Strasbourg


Ziegler group

Nov 14

Dennis V. Lavrov, Associate Professor
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University

Mitochondrial genome diversity in non-bilaterian animals: implications for animal phylogeny and evolution

Adamska Group

Oct 31

Prof. Petri Kursula 
Department of Biomedicine University of Bergen

Proteins from the multilayered myelin membrane: high-resolution structures and mysterious activities

Aasland Group

Oct 03

Prof. Reidunn B. Aalen
Department of Biosciences
University of Oslo

Reading and writing the histone code - identification of epigenetic players with  novel domains and functions

Aasland Group



Prof. Dr. Ralf Schnabel
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institute of Genetics
Developmental Genectics of Caenorhabditis elegans

Phainothea: Creation of form by cell focussing in the C. elegans embryo

Hejnol Group



Dr. Valérie Schreiber

Université de Strasbourg

Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg

The poly(ADP-ribose) metabolizing enzymes in DNA repair: towards potential applications in anticancer strategies?



30 mai

Dr. Itai Yanai, PI
Faculty of Biology
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Origin of germ layers and the evolution of developmental gene expression programs

Hejnol Group



Michael Manuel, PhD
Institute of Biology
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

The ctenophore body plan revisited

Adamska Group

20 mai

Dr. Chandra Verma, Bioinformatics Institute, A*STAR, Singapore

Drug discovery in the flatlands

Reuter Group

 9 mai

Dr. Christiane Opitz, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital


Tryptophan degradation in cancer


 21 mar

Professor Laurence Bindoff, Klinisk institutt 1, UiB / Nevrologisk avdeling, Haukeland universitetssykehus

Mitochondria and their role in neurodegeneration

 Kari E. Fladmark

31 jan

Prof. J. Garcia-Fernàndez
Department of Genetics, Evolution and Development
University of Barcelona

The amphioxus and beyond: genome evolution for vertebrate innovations

Rentzsch Group



8 Nov

Dr. Michiel Vermeulen, Associate professor, Department Molecular Cancer Research, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. 

 Quantitative interaction proteomics for epigenetics

Aasland / Ziegler

3 Sep

 Dr. Tatiana Marquez-Lago, Assistant Professor and Head of the Integrative Systems Biology Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

Non-classic effects in stochastic gene expression

 Aasland / 


20 June

Michaël Marie, PhD, Institutt for biomedisin

Place: Rom 439C1, 4. et Bioblokken, Høyteknologisenteret

Spindle-dependent partitioning of the intermediate compartment at the onset of mitosis and its role in Golgi inheritance

Hee-Chan Seo

19 June

Debabrata Panja, PhD, Institutt for biomedisin

Place: Rom 439C1, 4. et Bioblokken, Høyteknologisenteret

The role for endogenous BDNF-TrkB signaling in translation control in in-vivo Long-term potentiation maintenance

Hee-Chan Seo

13 June

Dan Larhammar
Department of Neuroscience, Unit of Pharmacology, Uppsala Universitet

The impact of genome doublings on vertebrate evolution. Focus on visual, neuronal and endocrine gene families.

Arnesen group

 13 June

Francesca Pignoni 
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Upstate University, NY (USA)

 Stem Cell self-renewal in the Drosophila germline: regulation of Dpp(BMP2/4) signaling by a putative Lipocalin receptor

Arnesen group

31 May

Guest Speaker - Professor Einhard Schierenberg
University of Cologne
Inst. Zoology, Development and Evolution

Evolution of Nematode Embryogenesis: Cellular and Molecular Aspects

Hejnol Group


27 May 11.00

Sandhya S. Visweswariah

Indian Institute of Science

Cyclic GMP-mediated signalling: getting to the gut of the matter

Puntervoll Group

10 May

Gerhard Scholtz


Hejnol Group

3 May

Dr. Ruth Kroschewski
ETH Zürich
Institute of Biochemistry


Jiang Group

26 Apr

Pål Sætrum

Transcription profiling during the cell cycle shows that a subset of Polycomb-targeted genes is upregulated during DNA replication. 


Rehmsmeier Group

5 Apr

Veronica F. Hinman, Associate Professor
Dept of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Evolution of Developmental Gene Regulatory Networks: An example of endomesodermal specification among echinoderms - abstract

Hejnol Group

1 Mar

Jan Baumbach,Head of the Computational Biology group, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, SDU

Web: http://www.baumbachlab.net

Biomedical key pathway mining - Combining networks and OMICS data


Rehmsmeier Group

22 Feb

Eric Röttinger

A Framework to establish a Cnidarian Gene Regulatory Network for “Endomesoderm” Specification

Hejnol Group



7 DecBruno Kieffer Subtle regulation mechanisms of Nuclear Hormone Receptors: an NMR view.Raae
Ecole Superiore de biotechnologie, Strasbourg
21.sepPatricia Beldade, Assistant ProfessorEvolutionary Biology Group Leiden University, The NetherlandsThe molecular and cellular logic of tentacle development in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis 
31.augAnne Gershenson, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UniversitySingle Domain Phosphatidylinositol-Specific Phospholipase Cs: From Bacteria to Plants Nathalie Reuter
of Massachusetts
24.augMatthew Gibson, PhDThe molecular and cellular logic of tentacle development in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensisRentzsch Group
Associate Investigator
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
15.junMichael Hiller, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and GeneticsDiscovering genomic regions involved in phenotypic differences between speciesMarc Rehmsmeier
14.junHari Arthanari, A tale of tails: Targeting Transcription Factor - Mediator InteractionsHee-Chan Seo
Harvard Medical School, Department of Biological Chemistry and 
Molecular Pharmacology
08.junRafael Luna, The C-terminal domain of eIF5 mediates a dynamic interplay that ends scanning of the mRNAHee-Chan Seo
Harvard Medical School, Department of Biological Chemistry and 
Molecular Pharmacology
30.marCasey Dunn, PIWill there be 10 million model organisms?Hejnol Group
The Dunn Lab
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University
23.marAndreas HejnolThe evolution of Organ systems – a comparative approachChourrout Group
Group leader
Sars international centre for marine molecular biology
16.marAthula H. Wikramanayake, PhDThe origin and evolution of the endoderm gene regulatory networkRentzsch Group
Professor of Biology
University of Miami
09.marIñaki Ruiz-Trillo, PIThe origins of the Hox genesHejnol Group
Parc Científic de Barcelona
Universitat de Barcelona
02.marDave FerrierThe origin of metazoans from the perspective of their unicellular relativeRentzsch
RCUK Fellow in Marine Biology
University of St Andrews
School of Biology





11 NovLow cell number ChIP-seq: Taking epigenetics a step closer to the clinicAasland
9 SeptemberWilliam Smith University of California Santa Barbara
Investigating ascidian development with induced and natural mutations
Di Jiang
29 AugustJohn ManakGenomic variation and human disease: An overview of current methodologies to identify mutationMCB / Eric Thompson
26 AugustAlexandre MicouletNano- and microsystems in biomedicine
25 AugustJohn Manak
The use of current high-throughput genomics methodologies to identify genes associated with birth defects
MCB / Eric Thompson
20 Juni
Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in regulation of DNA repair
17 Juni
Aquaporin pathways and mucin secretion of Bowman’s glands might protect the olfactory mucosa
Øyvind Halskau
10 JuniElaine Seaver Associate Professor Kewalo Marine Laboratory University of HawaiiExperimental embryology in the polychaete Capitella teletaAndreas Hejnol
3 JuniGuillaume Charras, principal investigator, London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College LondonHomeostasis and nucleation of the cellular actin cortex - abstract
27 MaiMark Q Martindale
Director of Kewalo Marine Laboratory
Pacific Biosciences Research Center
University of Hawaii at Mãnoa
The developmental basis for radical changes in metazoan body plans: The details are in the entrails.
20 Mai

Jean-François Brunet,
Ecole normale supérieure
46 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris

Ancient divergence of visceral and somatic neuronsAndreas Hejnol
15 AprilVerena Hoppmann
Molekylærbiologisk institutt, UiB
The CW domain a new histone recognition module in chromatin proteins
12 AprilJ. Robert Manak
Depts of Biology and Pediatrics and the Roy J. Carver Center for Genomics
University of Iowa
MCB Research School lecture:
Thompson Group

13 April

N.B. Stort auditorium,

Boris LenhardWhat makes us human?  The evolution of human-specific traits: How regulatory elements in primate and the homo lineages can shed light on the emergence of traits of the modern Homo sapiens 

13 April

N.B. Stort auditorium, Høyteknologisenteret

Boris LenhardWhat makes a promoter?  How sequence and epigenetic features define different classes of gene promoters and reveal their functional equivalence across the animal kingdom. 
14 April
J. Robert Manak
Depts of Biology and Pediatrics and the Roy J. Carver Center for Genomics
University of Iowa
MCB Research School Lecture:
Thompson Group
8 AprilRagnhild Eskeland
Institutt for molekylær biovitenskap, UiO
Polycomb maintain compact chromatin structure at Hox loci independently of histone ubiquitinationRein Aasland
7 April N.B. 10.30William Bement
Department of Zoology University of Wisconsin
Pattern formation and the single cell
11. mars
Torgeir Holen
Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo.
The protection of olfactory mucosa by aquaporin pathways and mucin secretion of Bowman’s glands. AVLYSTØyvind Halskau
21 Februar N.B. 14.15Susana Cristobal
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköpings universitet
Is mercury of neurotoxic concern to polar bears and other Arctic marine mammals?Anders Goksøyr
21 Februar N.B. 13.15Niladru Basu
Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, USA
Integrated approach to detect biological effect of exposure to nanoparticlesAnders Goksøyr
18 FebruarThe pharmacological chaperone conceptØyvind Halskau
 11 Februar Gro Amdam
 Arizona State University,
School of Life Sciences
 The Making of a Social Insect - Molecular Architectures of Social Design Øyvind Halskau

21 Januar

Paola Oliveri
UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, London

Fabian Rentzsch






10 Desember

N.B. 14.30

Eric Hajjar

Biozentrum, University of Basel, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland.

Molecular Basis of Antibiotics permeation through bacterial porins: Can we understand and improve gram-negative antibacterials?

Nathalie Reuter
26 November

Nathalie Reuter


Peripheral binding of proteins to cell membranes: contribution of in
silico studies
Mathias Ziegler


03 Desember

Pierre-François Lenne

Institut de Biologie du Développement, Marseille

Force generation and transmission during tissue morphogenesis

Di Jiang
19 NovemberDaniel Chourrout

Genomes break free (... but life still goes on)

Øyvind Halskau
12 NovemberAurelia Lewis

Identifying nuclear phosphoinositide interaction networks to understand
their functions.
Mathias Ziegler

05 November

Thole Züchner

Head of Ultrasensitive Protein Detection Unit,
University of Leipzig


Taking neuroproteomics to the limit:

A novel protein detection method for highly sensitive protein analysis

Mathias Ziegler

29 Oktober

Colin A. Smith

American University of Beirut

Evolutionary potential and molecular speciation in protein-RNA recognition: HIV Rev-RRE

Dag Helland

Ons 20 Oktober

Chris Lowe
Stanford University
Hopkins Marine Station, Department of Biology
Early deuterostome origins of the vertebrate headAndreas Hejnol
Tor 21 Oktober

Sandra Hake

Adolf Butenandt Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (LMU)

Histone Variants and their Posttranslational ModificationsEric Thompson

22 Oktober

N.B. 14.30!

Maria Elena Torres-Padilla
Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC)


Epigenetics and cell fate in early mammalian development


Eric Thompson

15 Oktober

Nicholas Love

University of Manchester

Genome-wide analysis reveals a role for NADP during Xenopus tadpole tail regeneration

Mathias Ziegler

08 Oktober

Øyvind Halskau


Three-way interaction of 14-3-3, tyrosine hydroxylase and the biological membrane - molecular mechanisms and implications for nerve-cell health

Mathias Ziegler