Molecular & Computational Biology Symposium 2018

29th & 30th November, Conway Institute, University College Dublin


The Symposium

The Molecular & Computational Biology Symposium 2018 will be held at the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research in University College Dublin (UCD). It is jointly organised by PhD students from the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology and Computational Infection Biology programs.

This event will showcase the thriving local research and scientific community that is present at UCD and in Dublin to Irish and international academic researchers and industrial companies. It will also feature internationally renowned keynote speakers from a wide range of fields within the sphere of computational and molecular biology to present their research.

Please find a link to our YouTube channel, where we will live-stream the conference and upload highlights after the conclusion of the conference!


The symposium will feature lectures from the following keynote speakers:

Name  University  Topic 
Dr Elizabeth Wayne UNC Chapel Hill “Changing the weather: tuning macrophage activation for gene and drug delivery”
Dr Heather Hendrickson Massey University “Phage Hunting, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Viruses”
Prof. Jay Hinton University of Liverpool “Comparative transcriptomics identifies a single SNP mutation that controls virulence of African Salmonella”
Dr Mihail Sarov Max Planck Institute “Genome engineering for function discovery”
Prof. Syma Khalid University of Southampton “Focusing the Computational Microscope on the Cell Envelopes of Gram-negative Bacteria”
Prof. Alexandre Bonvin Utrecht University “Adding the structural dimension to the Facebook of life by integrative modelling”
Prof. Michele Vendruscolo University of Cambridge “Principles of protein structural ensemble determination”


Please click here to view the full abstract book

The organising committee is an international team composed primarily of graduate students studying at the Conway Institute, UCD. We would like to invite all those with an interest in computational and molecular biology to attend. Masters, PhD students and early career researchers are especially encouraged to register, and to submit an abstract for the poster session and talks.

Previous symposia featured keynote speakers from various areas of computational biology and molecular biology. The list of previous speakers is available here.



November 29th – 30th, 2018.



The UCD Conway Institute is a multidisciplinary centre for research funded by an initiative of the Irish Higher Education Authority, the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). Located on the 300-acre Belfield campus of UCD, the largest university in Ireland, the Conway Institute brings together over 550 research staff from all over the University and its associated teaching hospitals.

The University College Dublin campus is situated in Belfield, located just 4km south of Dublin city centre. The campus can be easily accessed by public transport. For suggested routes please refer to the interactive map which can be found here.

Code of conduct

We are dedicated to making this symposium a convivial, harassment-free space for everyone to discuss research in computational and molecular biology. Please see our code of conduct.


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