Inaugural Lectures | Camille Goemans and Sebastian Waszak


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Date 27.05.2024
Hour 17:1519:00
Speaker Prof Camille Goemans Prof Sebastian Waszak
Category Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture
Event Language English


  • 17:15 - 17:25 Welcome by Andy Oates, Dean SV and introduction by Melanie Blokesch, Institute Director GHI
  • 17:25 - 17:55 Lecture by Camille Goemans: The impact of antibiotics on human gut microbes
  • 18:00 - 18:10 Introduction by Elisa Oricchio, Institute Director ISREC
  • 18:10 - 18:40 Lecture by Sebastian Waszak: Code Against Cancer: Empowering Neuro-Oncology with Computational Science
  • 18:40 - 18:45 Closure by Andy Oates
  • 18:45 Apéritif
Location: SV 1717
Registration by May 21, 2024

Camille Goemans | The impact of antibiotics on human gut microbes
Abstract: Over the last century, antibiotics have been one of the main pillars of modern medicine and have considerably contributed to the increase of our life expectancy. However, their overuse combined to the rapid adaptation power of bacteria has led to the emergence of antibiotic resistance and to health issues associated with their impact on the human gut microbiota. In this lecture, I will discuss how antibiotics impact human gut microbes and touch on the concepts of cross-resistance and collateral sensitivity. In addition, I will introduce our current work on how antibiotics affect diverse bacterial species, how antibiotic resistance emerges and spreads in the gut and strategies to design better treatment.
Bio: Camille joined EPFL as an Assistant Professor in September 2023. Her lab focuses on understanding how antibiotics affect the diverse bacteria from the human gut microbiota and how they contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. Camille obtained her Master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences from the UCLouvain after which she completed her PhD at the de Duve Institute in the laboratory of Prof. Jean-François Collet, studying bacterial responses to stress. She then pursued post-doctoral studies at the EMBL in the laboratory of Dr. Nassos Typas, where she gained expertise into systems biology focusing on the impact of antibiotics on the human gut microbiota.

Sebastian Waszak | Code Against Cancer: Empowering Neuro-Oncology with Computational Science
Abstract: The lecture will present the transformative role of computational science & engineering in neuro-oncology, emphasising advancements in diagnostics and genome-driven therapeutic strategies. The lecture will discuss the contribution of biomedical data science to precision medicine, particularly for children and young adults with glioma. It will show the application of statistical approaches and artificial intelligence in analysing and integrating real-world datasets for rare cancers. The presentation will highlight examples where computational studies have led to the discovery of novel brain tumour entities and genomic biomarkers of therapy response. Finally, it will introduce new research directions for rapid and ongoing molecular brain tumour surveillance during therapy, highlighting the potential for more dynamic and adaptive therapeutic strategies in pediatric neuro-oncology.
Bio: Sebastian Waszak is an Assistant Professor at the School of Life Sciences and leads the Laboratory of Computational Neuro-Oncology. His research focuses on brain tumours and the development of computational methods for rapid diagnostics, minimally invasive brain tumour surveillance, and genome-driven precision medicine. He obtained his PhD in bioengineering & biotechnology and completed his postdoctoral training in cancer genomics. He has published 80 papers in basic science and medical journals, received national and international awards, and delivered invited lectures at international conferences. His research findings have led to novel entities in the latest edition of the WHO Classification of Tumours series and have contributed to the revision of clinical practice guidelines in neuro-oncology.


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