Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Talking about CRISPR

    This afternoon seminar aims: – To improve the visibility of CRISPR research in Denmark – To establish a local network for knowledge sharing – To speed up the process from generating ideas to testing by creating a CRISPR discussion forum – To foster new collaborations, talent development and recruitment There will be talks from several CRISPR users that will highlight the potential of this technique. The last talk will be from Virginijus Siksnys from the Institute of Biotechnology, Vilnius University. Virginijus was among the first to demonstrate programmable DNA cleavage by the Cas9 protein. After the last talk, you are invited to participate to the dinner reception on the 15th floor of the Maersk Tower when you will be able to meet all the speakers.

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    05 April 2018


    Virginijus Siksnys The research interests of V. Šikšnys include structure-function relationships of enzymes involved in nucleic acids metabolism. V. Šikšnys and members of his laboratory perform biochemical, biophysical and structural studies of proteins involved in bacterial antiviral defense, including restriction endonucleases and CRISPR-Cas systems.
    Cecilia Cotta
    Yonglun Yuo
    Eric Paul Bennett
    Irina Borodina
    Kristine Freude
    Shamim Herbert Rahman


    Registration is closed now.

    Registration and abstract submission is open to all levels of participants (MSc students, PhD students, postdocs and PIs), and it is completely free of charge. All the participants must answer to the question: How do you use CRISPR? Submission of a short abstract and poster presentation is strongly encouraged.  There will be a selection of short talks based on the abstract submitted.

    Applications can be uploaded until March 1, 2018.  All applicants and short talks will get notified on March 5, 2018.

    Scientific committee


    • Senior Researcher Helene Faustrup Kildegaard

    CHO Cell Line Engineering and Design

    Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosusainability

    • Associate professor Stefano Stella

    Protein Structure and Function Program

    Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

    • PhD student Maya Friis Kjærgaard

    Semb lab



    1:00 pm Registration
    1:30 pm Introduction
    1:35 pm Cecilia Cotta-Ramusion, Senior Scientist, Editas Medicine
    Characterization of Genomic Rearrangements in Response to CRISPR/Cas9-Induced Double-Strand Breaks

    2:05 pm Kristine Freude, Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen
    Implications of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in iPSC models for neurodegenerative diseases
    2:20 pm Shamim Herbert Rahman, Senior Research Scientist, Novo Nordisk
    Genome engineering of CHO cells
    2:35 pm Coffee break
    2:50 pm Eric Bennet, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Center for Glycomics, University of Copenhagen
    Design, Deliver & Detect”: Considerations for optimized CRISPR Applications and Workflows
    3:10 pm Irina Borodina, Senior Researcher, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU
    Applications of CRISPR genome editing for building new cell factories
    3:30 pm Selected talk: Shiraz Ali Shah, Danish Archaea Centre, University of Copenhagen
    3:40 pm Short break
    3:50 pm Selected talk: Vykintas Jauniskis, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen
    4:00 pm Selected talk: Yaojun Tong, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU
    4:10 pm Yonglun You, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedicine, Århus University
    CRISPR gene editing tools from the DREAM team
    4:30 pm Coffee break with cake
    5:00 pm Virginijus Siksnys, Professor, Institute of Biotechnology, Vilnius University
    CRISPR-Cas mining: from novel Cas9s to signaling molecules
    5:50 pm Conclusions
    6:00 pm Networking activities and drinks at the 15th floor
    7:00 pm Dinner
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    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    There is no car parking available for participants at the location. It is up to the participant to find a valid public parking space.

    Cyclists can use one of the many bicycle stands on campus or the basement bicycle parking below the Maersk Tower.

    Public transportation: Bus no. 3A stops on Blegdamsvej (stops: Skt. Hans Torv or Rigshospitalet Syd) and bus no. 6A stops on Tagensvej (stop: Rigshospitalet Syd).

    Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Sophie Labrosse at sfeb@novo.dk

    How do I cancel my participation?

    Please help us respecting our speakers, as well keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Eventbrite or send an email to Sophie Labrosse (sfeb@novo.dk).