Emerging Themes In (Epi-)Genome Architecture and Function


Following on from our successful mini symposium “Chromatin Meets Epigenetics: From organization to function” in April 2018,  the Laboratory of Chromatin Biochemistry hosted the Research Conference on 'Emerging themes in (epi-)genome architecture and function' at KAUST from February 4th to 6th, 2020. The focus of this event was to provide a platform for technical and conceptual cross-disciplinary interactions in the field of Epi-Genome organization. The conference invited 15 international speakers (from different parts of the world) with expertise in different areas related to (epi-)genome architecture to KAUST. On the local site, the event was integrated with the activities of the KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Program (http://www.environmental-epigenetics.com/). 

The conference covered the following topics:

theme I: Genome organization: state-of-the art capturing methods and super-resolution imaging
theme II: Genome structure and function: how genome organization and phase separation contribute to euchromatin-heterochromatin states and replication


theme III: Genome organization and disease: how defects in genome organization can lead to disease


 ​Registration has now closed for external visitors to KAUST. For KAUST internal attendees there is no need to register online. Please proceed directly to Building 19 between 8am and 9am on the 4th February to register and collect a badge.





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