Conference chair

Jean-Francois Hausman obtained his PhD in Thomas Gaspar’s lab at the Laboratory of Phytohormonology, University of Liège (1996) studying hormonal balance during rooting induction.

He leads the Plant Biotechnologies research and innovation group at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology in Luxembourg. The focus of the group is, through approaches using integrative and synthetic biology, gain a comprehensive understanding of plant physiology, and more precisely of plant cell dynamics, that will at the end of the journey bring solutions for industrial applications in the field of industrial biotechnologies. His main research interests are plant cell culture, bioreactors, plant physiology and plant metabolite production. He coauthored 170 research papers and review articles (H-index 42) and supervised the acquisition of a patent portfolio in plant biotechnologies (10 patents and patent applications).

Local organising committee

Gea Guerriero is a senior researcher with a PhD in Applied Biology obtained at the University of Naples “Federico II” and an HDR from the University of Limoges.

Her scientific activities pivot around the study of the mechanisms involved in the formation of bast fibres in hemp and nettle. The research she  carries out aims on one hand at unveiling specific fundamental aspects linked to fibre cell wall biosynthesis and, on the other, at using this knowledge to tailor the properties of plant fibres.

Her research includes also the study of specialized metabolites synthesized by plants and plant cell cultures for their use in applied fields, for example cosmetics and nutraceutics.

Jean-Francois Hausman obtained his PhD in Thomas Gaspar’s lab at the Laboratory of Phytohormonology, University of Liège (1996) studying hormonal balance during rooting induction.

He leads the Plant Biotechnologies research and innovation group at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology in Luxembourg. The focus of the group is, through approaches using integrative and synthetic biology, gain a comprehensive understanding of plant physiology, and more precisely of plant cell dynamics, that will at the end of the journey bring solutions for industrial applications in the field of industrial biotechnologies. His main research interests are plant cell culture, bioreactors, plant physiology and plant metabolite production. He coauthored 170 research papers and review articles (H-index 42) and supervised the acquisition of a patent portfolio in plant biotechnologies (10 patents and patent applications).

Sylvain Legay got his PhD in agronomical science and bio-engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium on ‘unravelling genetic components of apple russeting’.

He acquired his first scientific expertise employed in Limagrain Verneuil Holding, an international breeding company, as senior engineer in plant biotechnology for 3 years working on the identification of QTLs linked to pathogen resistance in wheat and the improvement of the cytoplasmic male sterility systems in rape seeds.

In 2007, he joined, as researcher, the CRP-Gabriel Lippmann where he developed his skills in transcriptomics applied to the detection of genes linked to abiotic stress tolerance and mineral biofortification in plants. In 2015, he joined the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and further developed his expertise in plant science using integrated approaches combining molecular biology, functional genomics, transcriptomics and analytical chemistry.

Jenny Renaut is currently leading the Environmental Research and Technology Platform of the “Environmental Research and Innovation” (ERIN) department of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology.

Her scientific fields of interest are proteomics in relation with plant responses to environmental constraints and development of new protocols and techniques in proteomics. She has a general education in plant biology and received her PhD in Biology in 2003 at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Still, she is not forgetting her first interests in biology, and ecology, working on monitoring of butterflies, in Blegium to obtain her master in Biology, and more recently in Luxembourg.

She started in the CRP – Gabriel Lippmann to complete work on national and European projects and to set-up a proteomics platform in-house, still working on plants and abiotic stresses. She is member of the scientific committee of the COST association and was chairwoman of the COST action FA0603 Plant Proteomics in Europe between 2007 and 2011. In 2012, due to the extension of the technical tools and in response to an increasing demand, the proteomics platform has been supplemented for new possibilities in metabolomics.

Since 2015, she leads the Environmental Research and Technology Platform, gathering teams supporting research work in analytical chemistry, integrative biology and an observatory for climate and environment.

She coauthored 182 research papers and review articles (H-index 35) and supervised the acquisition of a patent portfolio.

Kjell Sergeant  is a researcher with a PhD in Biochemistry obtained at the University of Ghent in 2006.

His scientific activities initially focussed on the use of proteomics in the study of different biological topics mainly related to the interaction between plants and the environment. More recently the identification and quantification of metabolites was added.

With technical background on both –omics approaches, he currently contributes to different studies targeting the production of specialized metabolites for use in environmental/industrial applications.

Xuan Xu holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wageningen University & Research and joined LIST as a researcher in 2017.

Her research activities lie primarily in the area of plant-derived biopolymers, such as starch, cell wall and suberin. On one hand, she focuses on grasping the molecular mechanisms involved in biopolymers biogenesis. On the other hand, she applies this knowledge in biotechnological programs aimed at engineering biopolymers with enhanced properties in plants and cell suspension cultures for use as industrial feedstocks.

Simone Zorzan is a researcher in bioinformatics and he obtained his Master Degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Verona in Italy, with a thesis on the dynamic organization of the antenna of the photosystems.

He has been aggregate professor of bioinformatics and as a  post-doc he honed his bioinformatic skills working at the Center for Biomedical Computing in Verona. His research activity was focused on the analysis of datasets from multiple omics levels, implementing analytical pipeline and software for the study of the nervous system and leukemias.

In 2013 he joined first the the CRP-Gabriel Lippmann and then the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), co-working as a bioinformatician with colleagues with IT and biological background on various projects, mainly focusing on plants biology.

Scientific committee

  • Jill Farrant, University of Cape Town (ZA)
  • Alain Goossens, VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology and Ghent University (BE)
  • Gea Guerriero, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU)
  • Jean-François Hausman, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU)
  • Sylvain Legay, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU)
  • Kirsi-Marja Oksman, VTT (FIN)
  • Bart Panis, Bioversity International and KU Leuven Division of Crop Biotechnics (BE)
  • Jenny Renaut, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU)
  • Kjell Sergeant, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU)
  • Michael Wisniewski, US Dept for Agriculture and Virignia Tech (USA)
 

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