Organizer: Targi w Krakowie


7th Central European Congress of Life Sciences
23 - 25 September 2019

   Monday, 23.09.2019


Satellite Session 1: 10:00 - 11:30 To publish or not to publish?

Dr Agata Tyczewska & Prof. Jeff Cole & Dr Lynn Sherrer

Satellite Session 2: 11:30 - 12:30 ”AgroBioTop”, Biotechnology Committee PAN & Bayer 

Chair: Jerzy Próchnicki, Bayer & Prof. Maciej Żylicz, The Foundation for Polish Science & Prof. Tomasz Twardowski, Biotechnology Committee PAS

Dr Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska  Innovative tools for detection of pathogenic viruses - an important element of plant protection in modern agriculture​

Dr Piotr Oleśkowicz-Popiel  Resource recovery from waste - chain elongation as a method for valorisation of organic side streams​

12:45-14:20 Opening Ceremony

12:45-12:50 Welcome & Opening

Chair: Prof. Tomasz Twardowski, Chairman of Biotechnology Committee PAS, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS, Poznań

12:50-13:35 Opening Lecture 1 Prof. Ikuko Hara-Nishimura

Chair: Prof. Kazimierz Strzałka

Adjustment of plant posture by actin-myosin XI cytoskeleton-mediated organ straightening

13:35-14:20 Opening Lecture 2 Dr Christopher Ridout

Chair: Prof. Andrzej Kononowicz

Novel approaches to durable disease resistance in crop improvement

14:20-14:45 Comprehensive genomic profiling in oncology - Dr Aleksander Sowa, Roche Polska

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

Session 1 

Drug discovery and novel therapeutic strategies

Chair: Prof. Hans Bluyssen

Session 2 

Plant breeding innovation

Chair: Dr Aleksandra Małyska

15:15–15:45 Keynote lecture 1.1 Prof. Jan Hoeijmakers

Anti-aging therapies in neurodegenerative diseases

15:45-16:15 Keynote lecture 1.2 Prof. Robert Bristow

Clash of the Titans: Targeting Tumour Genomics or the Tumour Micro-environment?

15:15–15:45 Keynote lecture 2 Prof. Stefan Jansson

Genome editing in plants using CRISPR/Cas9 and the European GMO legislation

15:45-16:00 Veronika Lancíková

2.1 When size does matter: mutation breeding brought more nutritionally valuable amaranth grains

16:00-16:15 Tomasz Zimny 

2.2 New plant breeding techniques and GMO legislation – approaches, solutions and policy making

16:15-16:30 Hans Bluyssen

1.1 STATs in Vascular Inflammation: Transcriptional regulators and Therapeutic targets

16:15-16:30 Barbara Pawełek

2.3 Analysis of sex proportion disturbances factors in selected Rumex species

16:30-16:45 Tomasz Rzymski

1.2 Development of next generation anticancer therapies based on synthetic lethality concept

16:30-16:45 Weronika Babińska 

2.4 Antibacterial properties of post-plasma solutions against Pectobacterium and Dickeya spp.

16:45-17:00 Joanna Uchańska, Partner at Chałas and Partners Law Firm and Bioethics and Medical Law Department, Law and Administration Faculty, the Jagiellonian University

ATMP: Legal challenges and its frontiers in stem cell pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics

Session 3

Materials for biomedical applications

Chair: Prof. Jan Chłopek & Prof. Joachim Kohn

17:00–17:30 Keynote lecture 3 Prof. Elżbieta Pamuła

Smart, lipid-based drug delivery systems to the lungs​

17.30-17:45 Esther Vázquez

3.1 Bacterial Amyloids for the Remote Release of Tumor-Targeted Protein Drugs

17:45-18:00 Patrycja Domalik-Pyzik

3.2 Biopolymers-based composites: synthesis, characterization and application in tissue engineering

18:00-18.15 Agnieszka Leszczyńska

3.3 Thermal stability of cellulose nanocrystals – the influence of manufacturing conditions and surface modification

18.15-18.30 Hatice Ercan

3.4 Assessment of Mussel-Inspired Carrageenan Hydrogels

18:35 Welcome Cocktail (EXPO Kraków)

   Tuesday, 24.09.2019

Session 4

Small and long nucleic acids therapeutics

Chair: Prof. Jan Barciszewski & Prof. Piotr Laidler & Prof. Marta Dziedzicka - Wasylewska

Session 5 

Plant's clinic

Chair: Dr Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska & Dr Inge Hanssen

9:00–9:30 Keynote lecture 5 Dr Petar Glažar 

Expression and functions of neuronal circular RNAs​

9:00–9:30 Keynote lecture 5.1 Dr Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska, Co-authors: A. Zarzyńska-Nowak, D. Budzyńska, N. Borodynko-Filas

Development of new diagnostic methods for rapid and efficient detection of plant pathogens​

9:30-9:45 Krzysztof Treder

5.1 Reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification as an innovative tool for the detection of RNA-pathogens infecting potato plants

9:30-10:00 Katarzyna Rolle

4.1 miR-218 impacts  the extracellular matrix (ECM) rearrangements and biomechanical properties of the GBM cells


Keynote Lecture 5.2 Dr Inge Hanssen

Vaccination to control Pepino mosaic virus in tomato: from basic research to a registered biocontrol product

10:00-10:15 Bogna Kuczyńska

4.2 Circular RNAs as a potential prognostic marker and therapeutic target in glioblastoma multiforme

10:15-10:30 Marcin Równicki

4.3 Intracellular bombs triggered by antisense Peptide Nucleic Acids. Artificial activation of E. coli toxin-antitoxin systems as an antibacterial strategy

10:15-10:30 Robert Czajkowski

5.2 Innovative mixture of beneficial microorganisms, developed to protect potato tubers against soft rot in storage

10:30–12:00 Poster session & Coffe break

12:00-12:45 Plenary Lecture 1 Dr Salma Balazadeh

Chair: Prof. Kazimierz Strzałka

Unraveling stress response networks in plants: from gene regulatory grids to proteome control circuits


Satellite Session 3: Commercialization of research results in life sciences - good practices from the Polish universities

Prof. Paweł Zajdel, Dr Radosław Rudź First commercialization of drug development project from Jagiellonian University

Dr Joanna Kowalska, Renata Olejnik Therapeutic mRNA - from idea to commercialization 

13:30–14:30 Lunch break

14:30–15:15 Plenary Lecture 2  Prof. Jan Hoeijmakers

Chair: Prof. Hans Bluyssen

The role of DNA damage repair and transcription stress in aging and the impact of nutrition

Session 6

Organoids and organs on chips

Chair: Józef Dulak

Session 7

Environmental and industrial biotechnology in circular economy

Chair: Dr Piotr Oleśkowicz-Popiel

15:15–15:45 Keynote Lecture 6 Prof. Robert Passier

Advanced human stem cell-based models of cardiac disease​

15:15-15:45 Keynote Lecture 7 Prof. Jens Ejbye Schmidt

Biorefineries for fuels and chemicals


6.1 Dr Charles Amirmansour; BioTek Instruments, Inc. 

Cytation 5 Technology: An Advanced Tool for Smarter Target-Based, Phenotypic Research & Screening

15:45-16:00 Filippo Brienza

7.1 Investigating the influence of process conditions on the fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass from agricultural residues with a focus on lignin valorization

16:00-16:10 Neli Kachamakova-Trojanowska

6.2 Modeling of endothelial (dys)function in maturity onset diabetes of the young using human induced pluripotent stem cells

16:00-16:15 Carmen Hsieh

7.2 Applying circular bioeconomy principles to a Green Biorefinery at pilot/demo plant scale

16:10-16:20 Teodora Ranđelović

6.3 Glioblastoma on chip – the role of microenvironment in tumour progression and drug resistance development

16:15-16:30 Tanmay Chaturvedi

7.3 Halophyte based aquaponic system for a biorefinery  

16:20-16:30 Alexander Ainscough

6.4 Investigating Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension using the pulmonary artery-on-a-chip

16:30-16:45 Mateusz Łężyk

7.4Syngas-fermenting microbial consortia for bioethanol and biomethane production – characterization and design of enrichment strategies

16:30-16:40 Sandra González Lana

6.5 Surface functionalization to control biomimetic mechanical environment in COP based microfluidic devices

Session 8

Microbial biotechnology and nanotechnology

Chair: Prof. Grzegorz Węgrzyn

Session 9

Recent advances in RNA interference technology and the use of nucleic acid-based tools

Chair: Prof. Anna Kurzyńska-Kokorniak

16:45–17:15 Keynote Lecture 8 Prof. Antonio Villaverde

Engineering protein drugs for precision nanomedicines of cancer

16:45–17:15 Keynote lecture 9 Prof. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska

microRNA 444.1: a key regulator of tillering in barley plant upon heat stres

17:15-17:30 Bart Krist

8.1 Magnetic core nanoparticles coupled with STATTIC as a targeted approach to multi-STAT inhibition in CVD

17:15-17:45 Wojciech Strzałka

9.1 Application of an anti-PCNA aptamer for inhibition of activity of replicative human DNA polymerase delta and epsilon

17:30-17:45 Peter Gajdoš

8.2 Metabolic engineering of Yarrowia lipolytica for production of attractive lipophilic compounds

17:45-18:00 Adrian Augustyniak

8.3 Effects of graphene oxide on secondary metabolism of streptomycetes and pseudomonads

17:45-18:15 Natalia Koralewska

9.2 Short oligonucleotides as precursor-specific regulators of microRNA maturation

18:00-18:15 Nathania Puspitasari

8.4 Recombinant Hydrophobin Enhanced Polyethylene Terephthalate Hydrolysis by PETase

   Wednesday, 25.09.2019

Session 10 

Gene and cell therapies

Chair: Prof. Józef Dulak & Prof. Anna M. Ciemerych-Litwinienko

Session 11

Plants and environmental stress

Chair: Prof. Kazimierz Strzałka & Dr Kenji Yamada 

9:00–9:30 Keynote lecture 10 Prof. Jeffrey Chamberlain

Development of gene therapy for muscular dystrophy using AAV-delivery of micro-dystrophin​

9:00–9:30 Keynote lecture 11 Dr Krzysztof Zienkiewicz

Towards Improving Microalgae-Based Biofuel Production​



Eddy van Collenburg - Droplet Digital PCR Specialist Europe, Bio-Rad Laboratories BV

ddPCR: A new and reliable tool for absolute quantification in Gene and Cell Therapy applications​

9:30-9:45 M. Aydin Akbudak

11.1 Boron Resistance Genes in European Alkali Grass (Puccinellia distans L.)

9:45-9:55 Ryszard Rzepecki 

10.2 New tools for gene therapy for progeria and muscle-related rare disorders

9:45-10:00 Marcin Filipecki

11.2 The retrograde signaling of high light stress coordinatively engages ROS- and miRNA-related components

9:55-10:05 Izabela Kraszewska

10.3 Cardiac miRNA-122 level varies between mouse strains and among human individuals and determines therapeutic potential of miRNA-regulated AAV9 vectors

10:00-10:15 Ankush Prasad

11.3 Imaging of reactive oxygen species as a response to environmental stress: an in vivo study

10:05-10:15 Monika Żukowska

10.4 NEO1 marks lineage-biased hematopoietic stem cells

10:15-10:30 Shino Goto-Yamada  

11.4 Microautophagic vesicle formation requires autophagy-related genes under starvation in plants

10:15-10:25 Jacek Stępniewski

10.5 Comparison of therapeutic effect of genetically modified adipose derived stromal cells and induced pluripotent stem cells-derived cardiomyocytes in small and large model of myocardial infarction

10:30-12:00 Poster session & Coffe break

Session 12 

Vaccines and Antivirals

Chair: Prof. Krzysztof Pyrć

Session 13


Chair: Prof. Andrzej K. Kononowicz

12:00–12:30 Keynote lecture 12 Prof. Benjamin Berkhout

CRISPR-Cas towards a cure for HIV​

12:00–12:30 Keynote lecture ​13 Kumar Gaurav

Mining wild wheat diversity for disease resistance

12:30-12:45 Anna Kula-Pacurar

12.1 Role of nuclear matrix protein MATR3 in HIV latency and reactivation: new implications for therapy

12:30-12:45 Maciej Kosiński

13.1 Polish isolate of baculovirus LdMNPV-BNP activate cover infection increasing speed of kill of susceptible forest pest

12:45-13:00 Aleksandra Milewska

12.2 HTCC - broad range inhibitor of coronaviral infections

12:45-13:00 Miron Gieniec

13.2 A model system for multiplex carrot genome editing with constitutively expressing Cas9 and Cas12a proteins

13:00-13:15 Antonina Naskalska

12.3 Membrane protein of HCoV-NL63 is responsible for interaction with the adhesion receptor

13:00-13:15 Magdalena Liszniańska

13.3 Rumex tianschanicus x Rumex patientia an energy plant well adapted to moderate climate conditions

13:15-13:30 Parvez Singh Slathia

12.4 Designing of epitope based vaccine based on common conserved epitopes of Japanese Encephalitis Virus, West Nile Virus and Zika Virus using in silico methods

13.15-13:30 Dejan Prvulović

13.4 Allelopathic effects of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) on antioxidant enzymes activity of soybean seedlings

13:35-16:00 Closing Ceremony

Chair: Prof. Tomasz Twardowski, Chairman of Biotechnology Committee PAS, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS, Poznań

13:35-14:20 Closing Lecture 1 Prof. Joachim Kohn

Chair: Prof. Jan Chłopek

Challenges and opportunities of biomaterials for tissue engineering​

14:20-15:05 Closing Lecture 2 Dr Stanisław Flasiński

​Chair: Prof. Tomasz Twardowski

Advances in Sustainable Ag Biotechnology to Control Insect Pests with Insecticidal Proteins and RNAi

15:05-15:15 Closing and Good-bye address Prof. Tomasz Twardowski

Annoucement of the awards of the best poster prize winners (two registrations for the ECB2020 in Maastricht)

Annoucement of the next edition of Eurobiotech Congress

15:15-16:00 Lunch