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PhD Days 2017
7th / 8th December
University of Luxembourg

Conference of the Doctoral Programme in Systems and Molecular Biomedicine of the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering  

The PhD Days 2017 conference is now finished

Thank you!

We would like to thank our sponsors, especially LIH and FNR who sponsored the student prizes.

This event was a success, and we are really grateful for the presence and contribution of the keynote speakers.

The PhD students delivered really great talks and entertained the audience with interesting results and hypotheses.

Three students were rewarded for their Excellent talk:

  • 1st place: Antoun Al-Absi
  • 2nd place: Torkia Lalem
  • 3rd place: Dunja Stojevski

One of the poster was selected by our jury to receive the Excellent Poster award:

  • Best poster: Ines Kozar

And of course, this event would not have been a success without the participation of the audience, so thank YOU and see you next year!


The event was covered by our photographer

Pictures are available here. Check them out!


Jean-Pierre Kocher

Deploying Low-Coverage Whole Genome Sequencing in the practice: a translational journey from bioinformatics research to clinical test

Mayo Clinic, Chair of the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics and Associate Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University (ASU).
His research is focused on developing novel analytical methods to fully leverage the data produced by high-throughput sequencing platforms and other omics technologies with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of complex diseases. 

Yihai Cao

Angiogenesis in cancer and metabolic disease

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Prof Cao participated in the discovery of angiostatin, and got multiple awards for his contributions to medicine.
His group focuses on pro- and anti-angiogenic factors, and various applications of the control of angiogenesis for the treatment of cancer, ischemic muscle disease, metabolic diseases, and obesity, and is at the forefront of research on spinal cord regeneration.

Poul Hyttel

Patient-derived and gene-edited induced pluripotent stem cell neurons for modeling dementia 

Department of  Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences (DVCAS), Faculty of Health and  Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Prof. Hyttel focuses on establishing human and porcine in vitro cell models for neurodegenerative disorders by using pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). 

Arne Östman

Profiling of clinical tumor microenvironment for biomarker and drug target discovery  

Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Östman’s group aims at an improved understanding of autocrine and  paracrine growth factor signaling in cancer. Within this context they perform studies in cell biology, tumor biology, pathology and experimental cancer therapy, with the goal of increasing our understanding of the influence of tumour micro-environment on cancer progression.

Timm Schroeder

Long-term single-cell quantification: New tools for old questions 

Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.  Schroeder's group is studying cell fate choices and their molecular control in complex and dynamic cell systems on mammalian stem and progenitor cells using long-term single-cell imaging and quantification. His goal is an improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell behaviour in health and disease, and the development of novel therapies  in regenerative medicine. 

Henning Walczak

Linear ubiquitination, cell death, inflammation and beyond

Cancer Research UK-UCL Centre, University College London, UK. Head of the Department of Cancer Biology.
His group aims to develop new therapies for cancer on the basis of the concept of directly and specifically inducing programmed cell death in cancer cells and new therapeutic options for patients suffering from auto-immunity based on the concept that different forms of cell death differentially stimulate the immune system.

PhD candidates abstracts

In addition to the 6 keynote speakers, 17 PhD students will present their work orally during the conference.
The abstracts of their talks is available below

Talk Abstracts (pdf)


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Practical information


The conference will take place on the new campus of the University, at the Maison du Savoir, 2, avenue de l'Université, Belval (Esch-sur-Alzette)  L-4365 Luxembourg.

Auditorium 3.540


By car: Parking Square Mile 

By public transport: by train or bus to the  Belval-Université train station


The conference will take place on the 7th and 8th December, starting at 9am. A social event (with food and drinks provided) is organised on the evening of the 7th together with the LCSB Christmas Party. The final schedule is now available for download at the bottom of the page!


Talks and posters will be evaluated by an academic jury. The best three talks from PhD students enrolled in the Doctoral School will be awarded money prizes to be spent on research projects.

The best poster will be awarded a money prize as well.
Certificates of attendance will be handed to all participants.


Talks from students are limited to 20 minutes, including questions from the audience. Authors are invited to hand their slides asap, and at the latest during the coffee break preceding their talk.
Posters will be presented to the jury during 2-minute flash presentations during the poster sessions.

Poster presentations

Posters are required to be in A0 format, portrait-oriented. Posters need to be hung at the start of the conference in the morning and remain until the end of the last coffee break. Numbered places will be provided in the poster area.

About the conference


The latest results from top institutions:
- Life Sciences Research Unit (LSRU-University)
- Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB-University)
- Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)
- Laboratoire National de Santé (LNS)


Invited speakers from around the globe
Social event
Multi-lingual environment

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Luxembourg is at the smallest European capital, but also one of the busiest, with a rich history, excellent food specialties, touristic attractions, and a very special atmosphere.

Download the conference schedule

PhD Days 2017 schedule (pdf)


The registrations are now closed

Join us on Thursday in auditorium 3.540 at the Maison du Savoir in Belval!

Submissions have been evaluated by the organizing committee and are now closed. A jury of peers will decide the winners among the PhD candidates of the money prizes of the Excellent Talk and Best Poster awards.

PhD Days 2017

Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

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