The “Breaking Barriers in Organoid Technology” symposium

Following the first day of the Big End Event and the Big End Ceremony on the previous day, on the 26th of August, OrganoVIR gathered again at the Volkshotel. This time, OrganoVIR welcomed guests into the Riet room for the “Breaking Barriers in Organoid Technology” symposium. The lineup of the symposium included Colin Clarke (Principal Investigator at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training), Adithya Sridhar (Senior Scientist at Amsterdam UMC), and Ujjwal Neogi (Associate Professor of Virology at Karolinska Institutet).


OrganoVIR welcomed guests at the “Breaking Barriers in Organoid Technology” symposium

Get to Know the Lineup of the Symposium

After a warm welcome speech by OrganoVIR’s coordinator Katja Wolthers, the event began with a talk from Colin Clarke. At the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology at Dublin City University, Clarke works in Martin Clynes’ group to investigate the biology of CHO cells during biopharmaceutical production. A large aspect of his research centered on the application of statistical methods to study CHO transcriptomic and proteomic expression datasets. During his talk at the symposium, Clarke shared his knowledge of biopharmaceutical manufacturing at single-cell resolution.

Colin Clarke presenting at the symposium

Furthermore, after a coffee break, Adithya Sridhar from the Amsterdam UMC (AUMC) was welcomed on stage. At the AUMC, Sridhar works as a Senior Scientist at the OrganoVIR Labs at the Amsterdam UMC location AMC. With a combined background in lab-on-chip and more than 10 years of experience in developing complex in-vitro cell culture models, Sridhar has set up airway, gut, and brain organoid models for virology. At the symposium, Sridhar explained the technicalities of complex in-vitro models for virology.

Adithya Sridhar presenting at the symposium

Last but not least, the lineup ended with its last speaker, Ujjwal Neogi, Associate Professor at the Karolinska Institutet. At the symposium, Neogi spoke about systems biology and the host response to viral infection. Since joining the Department of Laboratory Medicine as Assistant Professor in 2015, Neogi focused his research on multi-omic system biology studies in infectious diseases to understand the mechanism of disease progression and control. His research group aims to identify the molecular mechanism of viral adaptation in the host and recognize novel biomarkers of natural immune control against RNA viruses.

Ujjwal Neogi presenting at the symposium

Wrapping Up a Successful Symposium

After all of the speakers showcased their expertise and answered questions from the audience, the coordinator of the OrganoVIR consortium, Dasja Pajkrt, stood up and thanked Clark, Sridhar, and Neogi for sharing their knowledge at the symposium. Accompanied with a few kind words, Dasja Pajkrt also gave each of the speakers a gift canvas bag stamped with the bold-orange OrganoVIR logo. We are delighted that the symposium went well and that the audience enjoyed the talks from our lineup!