Genome Engineering

Genome Engineering

19 November 2019

Leuven, Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant

Genome Engineering


Leuven, Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant

Start date:

19 November 2019

19 November 2019

General context

Genome engineering technologies – with CRISPR/Cas undoubtedly being the most important one – have evolved rapidly in recent years. To keep up to date with new tools, applications and developments, we organize a VIB training day on ‘Genome Engineering’.

The aim of this training day is – after a brief introduction – to highlight new, more advanced CRISPR- applications. The training focusses specifically on the practical implementation of the technology in the lab, through experts sharing their know-how concerning CRISPR applications. Topics will include Cas9 fusions that enhance editing efficiency and precision and enable new types of genome control, such as DNA methylation. We will end with a keynote highlighting practical applications of the CRISPR technology.

Poster session:

Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their work with experts in the field during a competitive poster session (poster award of 150 €). You can submit your abstract for the poster session using the form below before 4 November 2019. Presenting a poster is not obligatory, but please note that we will give priority to who has submitted an abstract for the poster sessions if there is a waiting list.

Event intended for

This training targets scientists who want to keep up-to-date with the latest evolutions in the field of genome editing. There will be a brief introduction on the basics of CRISPR, but the focus will be on advanced CRISPR applications. The training is aimed at PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians or other scientists with a molecular biology background.

Scientific committee

Thomas Jacobs (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology)

Sven Eyckerman (VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology)

Marlies Vanden Bempt (VIB-KULeuven Center for Cancer Biology)

Extra information
  • Participation is free for VIB participants.
  • Registration fee for Academics from Universities and Centers of Excellence is € 50  per day (21% VAT incl.).
  • Registration fee for participants of EU-LIFE partner institutes is € 50 per day (21% VAT incl.).
  • Registration fee for industry is € 300 per day (21% VAT incl.).
  • Note that upon no-show without valid justification you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year and for VIB participants the reimbursement of the catering costs (€ 50) will be charged to the research group. Click here for more information.
  • If you would like to present a poster, please submit your abstract below. Please note that uploading your abstract does not mean that you are subscribed for the training. To register, you need to click the button 'Register for this course' in the top left corner.


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Luca Crepaldi
Wellcome Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
Toon Swings
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE
Tony Gutschner
Faculty of Medicine, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg MLU, DE
Florian Veillet
Institut de Génétique Environnement et Protection des Plantes (IGEPP), INRA, Université Rennes, FR
Javier Gallego-Bartolome
Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, UCLA, US
Dirk Daelemans
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Rega Institute for Medical Research, KU Leuven, BE



Analysis and prediction of CRISPR-Cas9 mutational outcomes at scale

Luca Crepaldi, Wellcome Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK

Off-the-shelf genome engineering in E. coli

Toon Swings, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, BE



Deaminases and knock-in

Enhancing homology-dependent repair in human cells using Cas9 fusion proteins

Tony Gutschner, Faculty of Medicine, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg MLU, DE

Base editing in plants : successes, limits and new tools

Florian Veillet, Institut de Génétique Environnement et Protection des Plantes (IGEPP), INRA, Université Rennes, FR



Poster session


Poster session



CRISPR/Cas9 in vivo dependency mapping reveals EZH2 as druggable target in desmoid tumors

Thomas Naert, Department of Biomedical Molecular Biology, Ghent University, Cancer Research Institute Ghent, BE – selected form the abstracts


Targeted manipulation of DNA methylation in plants


CRISPR-based genetic screening tools for cancer drug discovery

Dirk Daelemans, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Rega Institute for Medical Research, KU Leuven, BE

Award for best poster
Drink with the speakers (optional)

Practical info

Location & Venue
Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant

Provincieplein 1
3010 Leuven

Public transport
Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant
Public transport

Leuven is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities. Leuven is a 20-minute train ride from Brussels, 45 minutes from Antwerp, 50 minutes from Liège, 1.5 hours from Paris and 2.5 hours from London, Amsterdam or Cologne.

Route description
Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant

Leuven is located at the junction of two important highways: the E40 and the E314. The 'P' signposts will guide you to the different car parks. If you are using a GPS, please enter “Tiensevest” and not “Provincieplein 1”.

Car parks in Leuven

Site plan

Venue contact
Provinciehuis Vlaams-Brabant
Location contact

+32 16 26 70 15