25 – 26 September

London, United Kingdom

 

Speakers

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Wendy Harwood
Professor & Senior Scientist, Crop Genetics Department
John Innes Centre

Wendy is a Senior Scientist at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Her group works on the genetic modification and genome editing of crop plants including wheat, barley and Brassicas. The group uses genetic modification and CRISPR/Cas9 based genome editing as tools to better understand genes important in the development of improved agricultural crops. As well as focusing on developing improved technologies for crop engineering, the group has a particular interest in engineering drought tolerance in cereals. Wendy’s group is also responsible for the BRACT facility that is providing crop genetic modification and gene editing resources to the research community (www.bract.org).  

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

10.10 | CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing in UK Crops

Stefan Jansson
Professor in Department of Plant Physiology
Umea University

Day Two

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

09.50 | Panel Discussion: Uncovering Key Regulatory Developments for the Use of Gene Editing Technologies in Agriculture

Ana Atanassova
Global Regulatory Affairs Manager
Bayer CropScience

Ana Atanassova has background  in agricultural engineering and molecular biology. In the last 12 years she has been working in R&D for Bayer’s CropScience Innovation Center in Gent, Belgium. Her current work interests are linked to the development of regulatory policy for plant breeding innovation and how countries can adapt their existing regulatory frameworks to accommodate technological developments such as gene and genome editing.

Day Two

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

09.50 | Panel Discussion: Uncovering Key Regulatory Developments for the Use of Gene Editing Technologies in Agriculture

09.10 | Review of Regulatory Developments for the Application of Genome Editing in Plant Breeding

Vladimir Nekrasov
Research Scientist - Genome Editing
Rothamsted Research

Dr. Vladimir Nekrasov is a molecular biologist with a background in mechanisms of plant disease resistance. While a postdoctoral scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory (Norwich, UK), Vladimir was one of the first to successfully develop and apply the CRISPR/Cas system for the purpose of targeted mutagenesis in plants, such as Nicotiana benthamiana and tomato. In January 2017 he joined Rothamsted Research as a project leader. Vladimir has a broad interest in genome editing technology development and application in various crops, particularly wheat, synthetic biology as well as associated GMO policy and IP issues.

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

15.10 | Interactive Workshop: Optimisation of CRISPR/Cas9 Specificity, Efficiency & Delivery in Plants

Abdellah Barakate
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Molecular Geneticist, The James Hutton Institute
The University of Dundee

I am from Morocco where I received my school education (1984) and a degree in Biology (1988) at the University of Rabat. I obtained my PhD on pollen development in 1992 from Grenoble University, France. During my extensive postdoctoral experience (London and Dundee), I have focused my research work in the areas of lignin biosynthesis (Biofuel) and plant DNA repair and recombination. Since 2009, I have been working on meiosis in barley by manipulating candidate genes using RNAi, TILLING and CRISPR/Cas9 tools. We hope to determine the key regulators of the frequency and distribution of recombination for crop breeding.

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

09.40 | CRISPR/Cas9 Based Gene Editing in Barley & Potato: From Construct Design to Mutation Screening

Anindya Bandyopadhyay
Scientist II, Molecular Biology
International Rice Research Institute

Dr. Anindya Bandyopadhyay  is a molecular biologist with more than 12 years of experience from both public and private sector in the field of plant genetic engineering and biotechnology. He currently leads the molecular research at IRRI's C4 Rice Center, which includes genome editing, gene stacking, promoter discovery and genetic engineering  towards better photosynthesis-yield and biomass accumulation for rice and micro-algae respectively. Anindya is also involved in the technology development for nano material mediated targeting of CRISPR-RNP ( CRISPR-Cas : Ribonucleoproteins) in plant organelles such as nucleus and chloroplast. Being trained in the area of IP management, technology transfer and stewardship of biotechnology derived plant products, Anindya also helps in coordinating C4 center's research with other expert functions such as public private partnership and stewardship.

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

15.10 | Interactive Workshop: Optimisation of CRISPR/Cas9 Specificity, Efficiency & Delivery in Plants

11.40 | CRISPR Cas9 & CRISPR Cpf1 to Manipulate Stomatal Developmental Pathway in Rice

Cécile Collonnier
Academic Scientist,
French National Institute for Research in Agronomy (INRA)

After an academic training in Plant Breeding at the French Grande Ecole of Agronomy in Rennes (France), Cecille got her PhD at the University of Paris XI followed by a postdoctoral position at INRA Versailles in plant molecular and cellular biology. Cecille has worked at GEVES (French examination office for variety registration) as scientific director for 5 years and entered the laboratory of “DNA repair and genome engineering” of INRA Versailles in 2010. Since 2011, she has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CPVO (EU Plant Variety Office), and became a member of the Scientific Committee of the HCB (French High Council for Biotechnologies) in 2016.

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

09.10 | Deciphering the DNA Repair Mechanisms Involved in CRISPR-Induced Gene Targeting: Focus on the Model Physcomitrella Patens

Day Two

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

14.40 | Interactive Workshop: Harnessing CRISPR Gene Editing for Functional Genomics to Advance Trait Discovery

Damiano Martignago
Genome Editing Specialist, Plant Sciences
Rothamsted Research

Damiano is a plant biotechnologist who works as a genome editing specialist in the Plant Sciences Department at Rothamsted Research (UK). His main role is establishing a CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing pipeline in hexaploid bread wheat with the aim of improving its overall efficiency. He is collaborating with different research groups to identify target genes to be mutagenized using CRISPR/Cas9-based technology. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher in the Fornara Lab in the Biology Department at the University of Milan, where he applied genome editing to rice research.

Day Two

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

11.10 | Genome Editing in Wheat: A Challenge Worth Accepting

Filip Cnudde
EU Government Affairs and Science Policy Leader
Dow AgroSciences

Filip is a bio-engineer from the University of Ghent, Belgium, specialized in agricultural biotechnology. Filip obtained his PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Nijmegen and worked in the area of science communication. Filip has been engaged in the EU discussions on innovative plant breeding since 2007, when he joined the European Association for BioIndustries, EuropaBio, as regulatory affairs manager. Since 2011 Filip has been involved in a broad range of science policy issues as government affairs leader for Dow AgroSciences.

Day Two

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

09.50 | Panel Discussion: Uncovering Key Regulatory Developments for the Use of Gene Editing Technologies in Agriculture

09.30 | Addressing Regulatory Pathways for Novel Breeding Techniques

Jan Schaart
Scientific Researcher
Wageningen Universiteit

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

14.10 | Opportunities and Challenges of Directed Mutagenesis in Crops

Laurens Pauwels
Project Leader, VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology
Ghent University

Laurens Pauwels obtained his PhD with Alain Goossens in 2009 at Ghent University, Belgium. His work used protein-protein interaction mapping and reverse genetics to unravel jasmonate signal transduction in Arabidopsis. After a brief stay at UC Davis with Judy Callis he returned to the Goossens and set up gene editing in yeast, Arabidopsis and tomato. Currently he is heading the Crop Genome Engineering Facility at the VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology. The main goal is to improve delivery of CRISPR reagents for accelerated breeding of crops such as corn.

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

13.40 | A Dual-sgRNA Approach for Functional Genomics in Arabidopsis Thaliana

Mariette Andersson
Researcher and Deputy Head of the Plant Breeding Department
Swedish Agricultural University

PhD in Biochemistry from Lund University. Today working as a Researcher and Deputy Head of the Plant Breeding Department at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, Sweden. Main research areas are plant storage products (starch, proteins and oil) with specific knowledge in potato and starch modifications. Previous experience from plant biotech industry working as a researcher for 12 years, developing potatoes using gene technology.

Day Two

Tuesday 26th September, 2017

11.40 | Multiallelic Mutagenesis in Tetraploid Potato by CRISPR/Cas9 Expression in Protoplast

Richard Dale
Principal Scientist
Syngenta

I have worked for Syngenta for 17 years across both Crop Protection and Traits Research. I have also worked in the insecticide and fungicide areas alongside my main research area of herbicides. My team works to apply molecular biology technologies to answer questions to uncover the Mode-of-Action of novel herbicides, deepening the understanding of metabolism of herbicides, identify herbicide resistance mechanisms in weeds as well as novel herbicide tolerance trait development. I have a strong interest in developing genome editing technologies for not only crops but also in weeds to allow fundamental research to move forward in those species.

Day One

Monday 25th September, 2017

12.10 | Harnessing CRISPR/Cas9 for Functional Genomics in Trait Discovery & Selection