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IBL Symposium 2022

Friday 20 May 2022
Lakenhal Museum
Oude Singel 32
2312 RA Leiden

On Friday 20 May is the annual symposium of the Institute of Biology Leiden.



  • 09:00-09:15 Welcome & coffee
  • 09:15-09:30 Gilles van Wezel: Welcome

Session I: Bioactive molecules (09:30-10:45)

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Tanja Schneider: Tear down the wall: Targeting bactoprenol-bound cell wall precursors
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Nadine Ziemert: Secondary Metabolite Transcriptomic Pipeline (SeMa-Trap), an expression-based exploration tool for increased secondary metabolite production in bacteria
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Mahmoud Halima: The development of glucocorticoid drugs with reduced side effects
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Elma Mons: Preclinical development of novel semisynthetic glycopeptide antibiotics with potent in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activity

Session II: Host-Microbe Interactions (11:00-12:15)

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Asaf Levy: Systematic Discovery and Characterization of Microbial Toxins
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Xinya Pan: Unlocking the inner power: endophytic bacterial functions activated by pathogen infection
  • 11:45-12:00 Noortje Dannenberg: Mycobacteria form viable wall-deficient cells that are undetectable by conventional diagnostics
  • 12:00-12:15 Paco Barona: Phylogenomics and functional metagenomics of bacterial specialized metabolism in plant - microbes interactions

Session III: Evolution and Biodiversity (13:15-14:30)

  • 13:15 – 13:45 Alexander Kotrschal: The evolution of cognition – an experimental approach.
  • 13:45-14:00 Shixiong Cheng: Ecdysone signaling is a main target of selection for fast embryonic development in Tribolium.
  • 14:00-14:15 Frederic Lens: The evolution of woodiness in flowering plants. 
  • 13:15-14:30  Michelle Spierings: The musical animal: Shared cognitive underpinnings of music and language evolution in primates and birds. 

Session IV: Development and Disease (14:45-16:00)

  • 14:45-15:15 Kirsten ten Tusscher: Distributed decision making in plant roots.
  • 15:15-15:30 Remko Offringa: Longevity gene promotes wood formation in Arabidopsis stems
  • 15:30-15:45 Ruochen Ouyang: High resolution reconstruction of a Jumbo bacteriophage infecting capsulated bacteria using hyperbranched tail fibers.
  • 15:45-16:00 Arwin Groenewoud: Ferroptosis inhibition by melanin promotes metastatic colonization of melanoma cells.

Visit museum and drinks/nibbles (16:00-17:30)


For questions, please send an e-mail to Joyce Blommaart.

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