Bioinformatics Student Symposium - 22/05/2018 - Antwerp

RSG Belgium, the regional student group of the International Society for Computational Biology kindly invites you to the first Bioinformatics Student Symposium of 2018, organized in collaboration with biomina.

The main goal of this event is providing a forum for young researchers and students in bioinformatics to present their work and network with peers.

Our keynote speaker is Prof. dr. Kris Laukens of the Antwerp University. Prof. Laukens is a bioinformatics researcher in the Adrem Data Lab and the founder of the biomina research network. He specializes in the use and development of data mining technologies for big molecular data in order to address medical and biological problems. His two core research areas are biomolecular pattern discovery and biological networks.

Mark the date

Tuesday, the 22nd of May 2018


Room C101 - City Campus University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp.

Registration (deadline 14th of May)

Registration is free, but mandatory. Please register before the 14th of May through the google form.

Abstract call (deadline 20th of April)

You can submit an abstract for oral or poster presentations. Eight abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. Please include your abstract in the google form before the 20th of April.

Social dinner

After the symposium we will go to the restaurant Verona in the city center, near the cathedral, for the social dinner.


  • 12:30 Registration
  • 13:00 Opening remarks
  • 13:10 Keynote by Kris Laukens (UAntwerp): Hacking the molecular networks of life, from in vitro to in silico
  • 14:00 Tour of RSG Belgium
  • 14:20 1st student talks session
  • 15:00 Coffee break with poster session
  • 15:50 2nd student talks session
  • 17:30 Closing remarks
  • 17:35 Networking session with drinks
  • 18:30 Dinner at Verona


Time Speaker Affiliation Topic
13:10 Prof. Kris Laukens UAntwerpen Hacking the molecular networks of life, from in vitro to in silico
14:00 Nikolina Sostaric KU Leuven Tour of RSG Belgium
14:20 Mohamed Mysara Belgian Nuclear Research Centre Bioinformatics analysis of complex DNA-sequencing data to assess microbial community in diverse industrial and clinical samples
14:40 Jorge Roel Utrecht University Less is more: Coarse-grained protein-protein docking in HADDOCK
15:00     Coffee break and poster session
15:50 Vincent Hahaut ULiège NGS-based analysis of clonal distribution in Deltaretrovirus induced leukemia
16:10 Wannes Van Beeck UAntwerpen Exploring niche specificity of lactic acid bacteria in fermented carrots as a model ecosystem
16:30 Cunliang Geng Utrecht University iSEE: Interface Structure, Evolution and Energy-based random forest predictor of binding affinity changes upon mutations
16:50 Sebastiaan Vanuytven KU Leuven Single-cell multi-omics sequencing to understand the nature, extent and biology of cellular heterogeneity in breast cancer
17:10 Sander Wuyts UAntwerpen From DNA to Bitcoin

We look forward to seeing you there!