Antiviral Defense Mechanisms Symposium

Wageningen, October 8, 2014

Viruses are a threat to all living cells on this planet. This symposium will highlight some of the recent advances made in our molecular understanding of cellular defense mechanisms that protect cells from viral invasion. The 1-day symposium will have a special focus on the structural biology, biochemistry and evolution of virus-host interactions. Furthermore, the revolutionary possibilities to edit genomes using the CRISPR-derived Cas9 nuclease will be presented.

The symposium covered a broad range of topics such as Bacteriophage therapy of antibiotic resistant Bacteria, RNA-guided immune systems such as CRISPR-Cas, the DNA-guided Argonaute defense system, RNA interference in eukaryotes and its suppression by viruses.

Invited speakers

  • Dr. Blake Wiedenheft, Montana State University, USA.

  • Sam Sternberg MSc, University of California Berkeley, USA.

  • Prof. Dr. Rob Lavigne, University of Leuven, Belgium.

  • Dr. Ronald van Rij, Radboud University, Netherlands.

  • Daan Swarts MSc, Wageningen University, Netherlands.

  • Dr. Stan Brouns, Wageningen University, Netherlands.

  • Dr. David Bikard, Pasteur Institute, France.

  • Dr. Gorben Pijlman, Laboratory of Virology, Netherlands

When: October 8, 2014 - 9AM to 5PM

Where: Wageningen, Orion building


Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University

Stan J.J. Brouns, Daan C. Swarts, Tim Kunne, Marnix Vlot


Netherlands Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NVBMB)