Seminar - Stalling DNA processing

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Novo Nordisk Foundation

Tuborg Havnevej 19

Hellerup 2900


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This one-day seminar on “Stalling DNA Processing” provides a framework for researchers interested in the mechanism of DNA processing and DNA-targeting tools to interact. Participation will promote the exchange of ideas across organization structures and spark novel collaborations to address open questions in the emerging field of DNA processing dynamics.

The seminar will incite to widening the collaboration between different research areas of DNA metabolism that rarely interact with each other. Research areas that will benefit most directly from the seminar include: Transcription, Epigenetics, DNA Replication/Repair and Genome editing. Gathering the scientific expertise of the Copenhagen DNA processing community willl speed up the incorporation of novel technologies into the different fields mentioned above.

Three plenary sessions, each session has one or more key-note speakers and 2 short talks selected from participant abstracts.The outstanding key-note speakers are Cecilia Cotta-Ramusino from Editas Medicine Inc., Craig Kaplan from Texas A&M University, Helle Ulrich from IMB Mainz, Jesper Svejstrup from the Crick Institute in London and Shengdar Tsai from St. Jude's. Below you'll find a short bio for each.

The session topics are:

1.) Transcription Kinetics

2.) DNA stability

3.) Genome editing

4.) Whiteboard/brainstorming session with standing dinner buffet

Read more about the speakers

Cecilia Cotta-Ramusino:

Craig Kaplan:

Helle Ulrich:

Jesper Svejstrup:

Shengdar Tsai:

Draft Agenda for the day

12:30 Registration, coffee & tea
13:00 Welcome by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the organizers
13:10 Keynote speaker, Jesper Svejstrup, The Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom
13:45 Short talk, Dorine du Mee
14:00 Short talk, Pablo Alcon
14:15 Keynote speaker, Helle Ulrich, Institute of Molecular Biology, Mainz, Germany
14:50 Coffee + cake & whiteboard
15:20 Keynote speaker, Craig Kaplan, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Texas, United States
15:55 Short talk, Grzegorz Brzyzek
16:10 Short talk, Signe Jørgensen
16:25 Keynote speaker, Shengdar Tsai, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, United States
17:00 Aperitif + snacks & whiteboard
17:30 Short talk, Kai Neelsen
17:45 Short talk, Vibe Hallundbæk
18:00 Keynote speaker, Cecilia Cotta-Ramusino, Editas Medicine Inc., Cambridge, United States
18:40 Dinner
21:30 Thank you and good night


Registration and abstract submission is open to all levels of participants: MSc students, PhD students, postdocs and PIs. Registration is completely free of charge, but mandatory. Participants will be selected according to the quality of their application and their experience with DNA processing.

Applications can be uploaded until June 8, 2017 for participants without abstracts and they will be approved along the way, so you can secure your participation and travel plans as soon as possible.

Scientific committee

Assistant professor Sebastian Marquardt

Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Copenhagen University

Associate Professor Julien Duxin

Protein Signaling Program, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research

Associate professor Stefano Stella

Protein Structure and Function Program, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research


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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

You can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road.

Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Sophie Labrosse at

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 (

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