Keynote Speakers

Brenda Andrews - Canada

Brenda Andrews is a University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Systems Genetics & Cell Biology in the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, Canada

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Marizeth Groenewald - Netherlands

Marizeth Groenewald is a yeast taxonomist and is currently the curator of the CBS yeast collection, incorporated in the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (KNAW), the Netherlands. 

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Chris Todd Hittinger - USA

Chris Todd Hittinger is an H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellow, Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow, and Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

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José L. Avalos - USA

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and the Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute of Princeton University, USA.

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Jeniel Nett - USA

Jeniel Nett is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

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Dana Opulente - USA

Dana Opulente is an evolutionary biologist and Assistant Professor of Biology at Villanova University, USA.

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Johan Thevelein - Belgium

Johan Thevelein is managing director at NovelYeast bv, emeritus professor in Molecular Cell Biology at KU Leuven and former director of the Molecular Microbiology Department at VIB, Leuven, Belgium.

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Kevin Verstrepen - Belgium

Kevin Verstrepen is a Professor in Genetics and Genomics at the Leuven University and Group Leader in Systems Biology at VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology).  

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Ileana Vigentini - Italy

Ileana Vigentini is an Associate Professor of Wine Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Milan, Italy