Gene-Regulatory Systems in Development

The meeting is jointly organized by the ZENCODE-ITN and DevCom European training network consortia.

Scientific Organizers

Jorge Ferrer
Jose Luis Gomez-Skarmeta
Ferenc Mueller
Jim Smith
Juanma Vaquerizas
Gert Jan Veenstra
Grant Wheeler

  Event organization

  Saartje Hontelez / Marion Bussemakers (Radboud University)
  Shelley Jukes (University Birmingham)
  Universidad Pablo de Olavide at Carmona


About DevCom

The mission of the DevCom network is to train a new generation of promising scientists to bridge the gap between developmental and computational biology, and to prepare this generation for the emerging field of“New Biology” in which systems-level, quantitative and computational approaches are fully integrated in the analysis of profound scientific problems related to pluripotency and differentiation. The DevCom research plan revolves around early embryonic regulatory networks and disease networks in vertebrate embryos of the Xenopus and zebrafish model systems. The training plan involves interdisciplinary training with exposure to both academic and business settings. The trainees will acquire technical expertise in embryonic anatomy and development, genomic profiling, sequence conservation and evolutionary relationships of regulatory elements, genetic and chemical screens, mass spectrometry, informatics, statistics and computational modelling, and will be trained in a range of soft and complementary skills.

Together, the DevCom Training and Research Programmes are designed to foster readiness for leading roles in academia and industry and will have a lasting impact on the training programmes of participating institutions.

DevCom partners:

Gert Jan Veenstra (Radboud University)
Michiel Vermeulen (Radboud University)
Jim Smith (Crick institute)
Micheal Gilchrist (Crick institute)
Grant Wheeler (University of East Anglia)

José Luis Gomez-Skarmeta (UPO)
Barbara Demeneix (CNRS)
David DuPasquier (WatchFrog)
Michael Lappe (Qiagen CLCBio) 



The ZENCODE Initial Training Network aims to improve career perspectives of early-stage researchers (ESR) in both public and private sectors, thereby making research careers more attractive to young people.

The scientific focus of the ZENCODE-ITN consortium is to understand genome regulation through combined experimental and computational approaches in a model vertebrate. The consortium recognises the urgent need for highly skilled young scientists trained in both computational biology and experimental wet lab biology. This network provides multi-disciplinary skills for a solid foundation in computational biology and developmental genomics.

We aim to comprehensively annotate functional epigenetic and transcribed elements, decipher genomic codes of transcription, as well as coding and non-coding gene function during vertebrate development and enhance zebrafish as an attractive developmental, comparative genomic and disease model. The participants include major zebrafish genomics laboratories, eminent computational biologists and world-class genomics technology experts.

ZENCODE-ITN partners:

Ferenc Mueller (University of Birmingham)
Bernard Peers (University of Liege)
Boris Lenhard (Imperial College)
Carsten Daub (Karolinska Institute)
Fiona Wardle (Kings College)

Jorge Ferrer (IDIBAPS)
Juan Vaquerizas (Max Planck Institute)
Uwe Straehle (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
Aditi Kanhere (University of Birmingham)