Invited speakers

Confirmed speakerBiography & topic of keynote lecture

Bas Dutilh

University of Jena, Germany

Bas E. Dutilh is professor of Viral Ecology and PI of the Viral Ecology and Omics Group (VEO) at Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, affiliated with the Microverse Cluster, and of the Utrecht University Metagenomics Group (MGX), affiliated with Science4Life and the Utrecht Bioinformatics Centre. The Microverse is arguably the most complex system known to mankind. Dutilh and his team use high-throughput experiments and ‘omics data of various flavors, combined with innovative computational analyses to understand how microbiomes come about. The focus is on predictability: by building computational models of the various processes driving microbial functioning and dynamics, they try to understand microbiomes in their context. For his work, Dutilh has received awards including NWO Veni/Vidi, ERC Consolidator, and Alexander von Humboldt Professur.

Keynote lecture: Mapping the Microverse and modelling its drivers

Lone Brøndsted
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lone Brøndsted is Professor in Phage biology and Biocontrol for food safety at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and has a MSc in Chemical Engineering and Public Governance as well as a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology. Her current research focuses on in-depth analysis of phage biology, phage-host interactions and exploiting the antimicrobial potential of phages and phage proteins for novel approaches to combat pathogenic bacteria. She works closely with relevant industries for implementing such novel approaches and phage biocontrol targeting foodborne pathogens as well as human and animal pathogens.

Keynote lecture: Advancing our knowledge of phage-host interactions for the benefit of science and society

Patrick Soentjens

QAMH - ITM, Belgium

Prof Dr Patrick Soentjens and team builded a clinical coordination platform and a treatment register database for human applications of Phage Therapy to ease patient processes for human applications of phage therapy together with Sciensano, academic hospitals in Belgium and overseas. More than 100 patients were treated under their coordination with phages produced by the Queen Astrid Military Hospital (QAMH). Starting a Clinical Hub Coordination Center for Human Applications seems easier than thought. During his presentation, Prof Soentjens will guide you through some of the sub-aspects to successfully start a center in Belgium.

Keynote lecture: Starting a Clinical Hub for Phage Therapy in your hospital?