4th EMBL International PhD Students Symposium:

A life of Encounters
Recognition in Biology

Heidelberg, November 20th to 22nd, 2003







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(in alphabetical order)

Tim Clausen Group Leader, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria.
Recognition of misfolded protein by DegP  and discrimination between proteins that can be refolded or have to be degraded
Barry Dickson
Group Leader, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria; EMBO Young Investigator.
Molecular recognition during brain development: mechanisms of axon guidance.
Catherine Dulac Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, USA.
Molecular and Developmental Biology of Sensory Systems
Jules A. Hoffmann
Head, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, CNRS, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
Innate Immunity in Drosophila melanogaster.
Christoph von der Malsburg
Head, Institute of Neuroinformatics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany; LCBV, University of Southern California, USA.
Computer Vision and facial recognition: Development of high-performance face-recognition computational systems for scientific and security applications.
Polly Matzinger
Section Head, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIHBethesda, USA.
“The Danger Model”: Recognition of harmful agents by the immune system.
June Nasrallah
Professor, Department of Plant Biology, Cornell University, USA.
Recognition of pollen: self-incompatibility in plants.
Michael Neuberger
Group Leader, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, MRC-LMB, Cambridge, UK.
Evolution of molecular recognition in the immune system: Molecular mechanism of antibody production.
Pamela S. Ohashi
Professor, Department of Medical BiophysicsUniversity of Toronto, Canada.
Recognition of self vs. non-self: molecular mechanism of T-cell selection and immunological tolerance.
John O'Keefe
Professor, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Department of Anatomy, University College London, UK.
Spatial memory, navigation and the role of hippocampal neurons in humans and rats.
Venki Ramakrishnan
Goup Leader, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, MRC-LMB, Cambridge, UK.
Molecular recognition of tRNA and mRNA by the small ribosomal subunit.
Titia K. Sixma
Group Leader, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
DNA repair: Recognition and binding of DNA mismatches by MutS.
Joan E. Strassmann
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rice University, Houston, USA.
Kin selection: odor recognition in interactions between social insects, and cell adhesion "green beard" proteins in interactions between unicellular colonial organisms.
Willie J. Swanson
Assistant Professor, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, USA.
Co-evolution of proteins involved in egg-sperm recognition.
Paul Williams
Director, Institute of Infections & Immunity, Queen’s Medical CenterUniversity of Nottingham , UK.
Cell density recognition: Quorum sensing in bacteria.
Shoshana Wodak
Head SCMBB and Associate Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and Group Leader, EBI, Great Britain.
Protein-ligand interactions and modeling of binding surfaces.


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