Open Day

Scientific Events

As a central component of the training program, SignGene organizes scientific events that bring together members of the SignGene program, as well as internationally recognized guest speakers from all over the world. These events aim to expose our students to high-level scientific presentations and discussions with experts in their field of research, and foster the exchange within our community.

The meeting venues alternate between Germany and Israel, so as to allow students and faculty alike to visit all partner institutions regularly and to learn more about the other country's scientific community and culture. SignGene events are open to a limited number of external graduate students and postdocs from our partner institutions, but also from all over Germany and Israel. 

Each year, SignGene organizes intensive, 3-day workshops dedicated to a specific topic within the scientific scope of the program. These workshops are key to the scientific training within SignGene and are open to a limited number of external graduate students and postdocs. In addition to experts from the SignGene faculty, the workshops feature lectures by internationally distinguished invited speakers.

1st Scientific Symposium and Workshop, Zeuthen 2013

Frontiers in Cell Signaling and Gene Regulation

The first SignGene symposium took place at the Seehotel Zeuthen close to Berlin from June 17-18. All six students and 27 out of the 34 group leaders including Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover attended the meeting to discuss ongoing projects and future collaborations.

The scientific sessions covered the whole range of SignGene topics with highlighted keynote lectures by our four invited speakers Anjana Rao (La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, La Jolla CA, USA), Dirk Schübeler (Friedrich-Miescher-Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland), Alexander van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Institute-KNAW & University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands), and Hao Wu (Harvard Medical School & Children's Hospital Boston MA, USA):

  • Signaling pathways in normal and cancerous cells
  • Genetic and epigenetic control of differentiation
  • Quantitative approaches to understand cell decision processes
  • The ubiquitin-proteasome system
  • Impact of structure-function relationships on cellular processes

In addition to the scientific program, the SignGene community convened in a workshop to discuss topics for future Winter/Summer Schools of the program. The first Winter School, focusing on "Biology of Differentiation and Cancer" will be organized by Amir Orian (Technion) and Achim Leutz (MDC) to take place at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa in January 2014.

In a workshop on funding opportunities for German-Israeli cooperation projects, Christoph Mühlberg from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Marion Müller from the Einstein Foundation Berlin, and Thomas Sommer from the MDC informed about existing programs for funding and new developments.

Symposium Poster

SignGene Winter School in Haifa, January 2014

Biology of Differentiation & Cancer

How are processes such as cell proliferation, growth, and differentiation regulated at the molecular level? What happens when a cell turns into cancer?

These are just some of the questions that were addressed during the 3-day workshop, covering topics such as

  • Transcription factor networks in differentiation and cancer
  • Signaling pathways in development and cancer
  • Genetics and functional genomics
  • Cellular microenvironment

January 27 - Open Day

The winter school started with the open day at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. 140 registered participants attended lectures by eight internationally distinguished scientists, 41 graduate students and postdocs presented their work in the poster session.

Photos: Shmuel Zeiger (Technion), Sabine Loewer (MDC)

Speakers of the open day

Robert Eisenman (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA)

Eduardo Moreno (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Moshe Oren (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Yardena Samuels (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Yuval Shaked (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)

Philippe Soriano (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA)

Yosef Yarden (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Special Lecture

Daniel Chamovitz (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

January 28 - 29

During the second and third days of the winter school, experts from the SignGene faculty and invited guest speakers delved deeper into the topics touched upon on the open day. In a smaller forum, SignGene students and 40 additional registered graduate students and postdocs had the opportunity to meet and discuss their research with their peers and experienced senior scientists.

Complementing the scientific program, participants had the chance to learn more about how to build a successful academic career in science during a special career pathways seminar. To download the complete program, please click here

Attendants of the 3-day workshop, photo: Sabine Loewer

Scientific Sessions

I - Signaling Pathways in Differentiation & Cancer

Eli Pikarsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Leutz LabAchim Leutz (MDC)

Birchmeier LabWalter Birchmeier (MDC)

II - Cellular Stress Response & Cancer Genetics

Schmitt LabClemens Schmitt (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin & MDC)
Batsheva Kerem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

III - Mouse Models in Development & Cancer

Ze'ev Ronai (Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, USA)
Shai Izraeli (Tel Aviv University)

IV - Cellular Microenvironment & Cancer Metastasis

Israel Vlodavsky (Technion)
Gera Neufeld (Technion)

V - Epigenetic Gene Regulation & Nuclear Organization

Ofir Hakim (Bar-Ilan University)
Tommy Kaplan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Yehudit Bergman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

VI - Gene Networks & Transcriptional Regulation

Tzachi Pilpel (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Amir Orian (Technion)

Special Lectures

Benjamin Podbilewicz (Technion)

Nahum Sonenberg (McGill University, Canada)

Career Pathways Seminar

Yardena Samuels (Weizmann Institute of Science)

Financial Support

In addition to SignGene funding from the Helmholtz Association, this Winter School was kindly supported by the Moshe Yanai Technion Fund, the Mechora Foundation, Merck-Serono Ltd., Bar-Naor Ltd., Eldan/Neofram Ltd., Daniel Biotech Ltd., and Levant Ltd.

Karei Deshe 2014

The first SignGene PhD Retreat took place in Karei Deshe, at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Israel, from January 30 - February 1, 2014.

On the way to Karei Deshe, the students visited the Hula Valley nature reserve, which is a major resting place for birds migrating from Europe to Africa and back. Following arrival at Karei Deshe, the first guest speaker, Dr. Sebastian Kadener from Hebrew University, presented his work on the molecular control of circadian rhythms in Drosophila. In addition to two student presentations, the first day of the retreat featured a special lecture by Dr. Ety Klinger, Vice President Research & Development at Proteologics, Israel, focusing on drug development in biotech / pharmaceutical companies.

The program of the second day consisted of student presentations and an excursion to the alligator farm and hot springs at Hamat Gader. The retreat ended with a tour to the archeological excavations at Capharnaum.

SignGene Symposium in Berlin, September 2014

Quantitative Approaches in Cell Biology: Biophysics, Bioengineering & Systems Biology

The 2014 SignGene Symposium centered around quantitative biology, ranging from nanobiotechnology at the single molecule level to systems biology of entire cellular networks. Organized in cooperation with the Integrative Research Institute for the Life Sciences (IRI-LS) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the symposium brought together young talents and established scientists from both programs, as well as a number of invited international experts in the field. 

To download the detailed program, please click here

Speakers

Scientific Committee

Andreas Herrmann (HU Berlin & IRI-LS)
Amit Meller (Technion)
Nikolaus Rajewsky (MDC/BIMSB) 

Contact

Sabine Loewer (SignGene, MDC)
signgene@mdc-berlin.de 

Stefanie Scharf (IRI-LS, HU Berlin)
stefanie.scharf@iri-lifesciences.de 

Poster

SignGene Retreat 2015

15 - 18 February, Hotel Yehuda, Jerusalem, Israel

At the last SignGene retreat in Jerusalem, SignGene faculty and students as well as a few internationally renowned guest speakers and, plus a few other students from SignGene labs, convened for scientific exchange, discussions, and social networking.

Speakers

Photos: Nir Friedman, Achim Leutz, Sabine Loewer

Photo: Sabine Loewer

Organizing Committee

Nir Friedman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Yaakov Nahmias (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Shari Orlanski (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Dana Levy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 
Ronit Moshel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 
Sabine Loewer (MDC Berlin) 

Contact

Sabine Loewer (SignGene, MDC)
signgene@mdc-berlin.de 

Ronit Moshel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
ronitmo@savion.huji.ac.il 

Poster

SignGene Symposium 2015 Berlin

Singles in Biology: Proteins, Cells and Stem Cells

At this year's SignGene Meeting near Berlin, SignGene faculty and students join internationally renowned guest speakers to discuss scientific topics in cell and molecular biology.

A focus point of this Symposium will be the analysis of chromatin and protein dynamics, as well as cell signaling pathways on the single-cell level.

Speakers

Organizing Committee

Yinon Ben-Neriah (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Matthias Selbach (MDC Berlin)
Inbal Ipenberg (MDC Berlin)
Upasana Das Adhikari (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 
Sandra Krull (MDC Berlin) 
Sabine Loewer (MDC Berlin) 

Contact

Dr. Sandra Krull
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
13125 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 9406 4205
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170
signgene@mdc-berlin.de 

Poster

SignGene Winter School in Haifa, Feb 14 – 17, 2016

High Precision, High Throughput: Biochemistry, Sequencing, and Imaging

At the student-organized SignGene Winter School in Haifa, invited speakers join the SignGene faculty and students in a series of talks and workshops.

The focus of this Winter School lies on the scientific and technical aspects of I) Single Molecule and Quantitative Imaging approaches, II) High-Throughput Sequencing (RNA-Seq, CHIP-Seq), and III) Methods in Protein Biochemistry and Proteomics.

Speakers

SignGene Symposium September 2016 Potsdam

The SignGene Symposium 2016 in Potsdam will consider recent progress in the understanding of regulatory processes in gene expression and proteostasis control with primary relevance to cancer.

The Symposium brings together invited speakers from Europe, Israel and the USA, as well as SignGene students and investigators, who will present novel cutting edge results and innovative experimental and computational approaches.

Speakers

Organizing Committee

Yehudit Bergman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Claus Scheidereit (MDC Berlin)
Sandra Krull (MDC Berlin)

Contact

Dr. Sandra Krull
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
13125 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 9406 4205
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170
signgene@mdc-berlin.de 

Poster

 

SignGene Winter School, in Eilat, Israel, March 05 – 08, 2017

Cellular Biology Through the Proteome and Single Cell Methods

Speakers

  • Marina Chekulaeva (MDC Berlin, Germany)        
  • Miguel Frada (IUI, Eilat, Israel)        
  • Tamar Geiger (Tel Aviv University, Israel)        
  • Michael Glickman (Technion, Haifa, Israel)        
  • Helena Jambor (MPI-CBG Dresden, Germany)    
  • Oded Kleifeld (Technion, Haifa, Israel)    
  • Ron Kopito (Stanford University, CA, USA)        
  • Dara Leto (Stanford University, CA, USA)
  • Kathryn Miller-Jensen (Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA)        
  • Florian Stengel (University of Constance, Germany)        
  • Jared Toettcher (Princeton University, NJ, USA)   

Read Helena Jambor's blog post on the conference here!

Organizing Committee

Alon Appleboim (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Dhana Friedrich (Humboldt University Berlin)
Sandra Krull (MDC Berlin)
Ronit Moshel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Hosts

Dámaris Anell Rendón (Charité Berlin)
Alon Appleboim (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Upasana Das Adhikari (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Naama Flint Brodsly (Technion Haifa)
Dhana Friedrich (Humboldt University Berlin)
Inbal Ipenberg (MDC Berlin)
Christian Lips (MDC Berlin)
Nagarjuna R. Pamudurti (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Simon N. Prisner (Humboldt University Berlin)
Christin Stottmeister (MDC Berlin)

Contact

Dr. Sandra Krull
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
13125 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 9406 4205
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170
signgene@mdc-berlin.de 

SignGene Symposium in Neuruppin, September 2017

Ubiquitin: One Traveler, Two Roads

Ubiquitin in Protein Homeostasis and Autophagy

September 01 to 03, 2017 in the Resort Mark Brandenburg, Neuruppin, Germany

Confirmed Speakers

Organizers

Michael Glickman (Technion Haifa)
Thomas Sommer (MDC & HU Berlin)
Sandra Krull (MDC Berlin)

Announcement Poster

Conference Program

Contact

Dr. Sandra Krull
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
13125 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 9406 4205
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170
signgene@mdc-berlin.de

SignGene Symposium 2018 Usedom 

Cell Motility and Metastasis 

September 3 to 5, 2018 in Heringsdorf/Usedom, Germany


Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Heike Allgayer (Medical Faculty Mannheim Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany) 
  • Yinon Ben-Neriah (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) 
  • Walter Birchmeier (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin, Germany)      
  • Peter Friedl (University of Texas MD Anderson Center, Houston, TX, USA & Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) 
  • Roger Gomis (Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain) 
  • Waleed Minzel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)  
  • Rosandra Kaplan (National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA) 
  • Hazel Quinn (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin, Germany)      
  • Ze'ev Ronai (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel & Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA) 
  • Clemens Schmitt (Charité Universitätsmedizin & Max Delbrück Center, Berlin, Germany) 
  • Robert Shoemaker (National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA) 
  • Ulrike Stein (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin, Germany)      
  • Andreas Trumpp (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg, Germany) 
  • Jing Yang (University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA) 
  • Karina Yaniv (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) 

Header photo: Shmuel Zeiger, Technion

Contact

Dr. Hanna Singer
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Robert-Rössle-Str 10
13125 Berlin
Germany

Phone: +49 30 9406 4205
Fax: +49 30 9406 2170
signgene@mdc-berlin.de