Speakers

Plenary speakers:

Professor Ivan Ahel

Professor Ivan Ahel

University of Oxford, UK

Ivan Ahel is EP Abraham Professor of Chemical Pathology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford.

He was appointed in 2009 as a Junior Group Leader at the CRUK Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester, before moving to the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, in 2013. General interest of Ivan’s laboratory are poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) family of enzymes and their roles in DNA damage response, infection, and immunity.

Ivan is an EMBO member, and he is also recipient of the Cancer Research UK Future Leaders in Cancer Research Prize (2013) and of the Biochemical Society’s GlaxoSmithKline Award (2022).

Professor Johanna Ivaska

Professor Johanna Ivaska

University of Turku, Finland

Johanna Ivaska is currently a Finnish Cancer Institute K. Albin Johansson Research Professor.

She is also Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Turku Bioscience Center at the University of Turku in Finland. Her main research interests relate to the biological role of integrins in cancer progression.

The current main research focus are integrin mediated cell adhesion and migration, cell-matrix interactions and mechanosensing as well as molecular mechanisms governing endosomal traffic of integrins and growth factor receptors in cancer. 

Professor Simon Newstead

Professor Simon Newstead

University of Oxford, UK

Simon Newstead hold the David Phillips Chair of Molecular Biophysics in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford and is a member of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Disovery and Professorial Fellow at Corpus Christi College.

Simon’s research focuses on understanding the molecular basis for drug and metabolite transport and signalling in human health and disease.

Recent highlights include the discovery of a structural link between nutrient transporters and trafficking receptors that control protein location and understanding the role of transporters in renal drug uptake and elimination from the body. 

Robert Harris

Robert Harris

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Professor Robert Harris was named Professor of Immunotherapy in Neurological Diseases at Karolinska Institute 2013. Robert leads the research group Applied Immunology and Immunotherapy at the Centre for Molecular Medicine, a designated translational medicine centre at Karolinska Institute.

In addition to his life science research, Robert has been Academic Vice President for Doctoral Education since 2019. In 2014 Robert was the first to receive the KI pedagogy prize for a contribution to doctoral education. He was also President of ORPHEUS (2015-2022), which aims to stimulate quality assurance of PhD research and education and to strengthen career opportunities for PhD graduates.

Professor Boris Turk

Professor Boris Turk

Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

FEBS National Lecturer

Boris Turk received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Ljubljana in 1993 and a PhD in Medical and Physiological Chemistry from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala in 1996. He is Head of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Structural Biology at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana and a full Prof. of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at University of Ljubljana. He is an EMBO member and a member of Academia Euroepea. He was President of the International Proteolysis Society in 2011-2013, secretary general of European Cell Death Organization 2008-2017 and vice president of EMBC 2017-2020.

Currently he is member of FEBS Publishing Committee and EMBO Fellowship Committee. His research focuses on the understanding of the role of proteases, in particular lysosomal cysteine cathepsins, in inflammation-associated diseases, such as cancer and arthritis.

Speakers:

Minna-Liisa Änkö

Minna-Liisa Änkö

Tampere University

Sesilja Aranko

Sesilja Aranko

Aalto University

Gemma Atkinson

Lund University

Ilija Brizić

Ilija Brizić

University of Rijeka

Anamaria Brozović

Anamaria Brozović

Ruđer Bošković Institute

Caglar Elbuken

Caglar Elbuken

University of Oulu

Dr. Giray Enkavi

Dr. Giray Enkavi

Ita Gruić-Sovulj

University of Zagreb

Sara Liin

Sara Liin

Linköping University

Andre Mateus

Andre Mateus

Umeå University

Pontus Nordenfelt

Pontus Nordenfelt

Lund University

Igor Weber

Igor Weber

Ruđer Bošković Institute

David Smith

David Smith

Sheffield Hallam University