Graduate Program in Molecular Life Sciences

GPMLS/BMC guest speakers - Spring 2021


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May 17 Dr. Hildur Helgadóttir

Skin cancers and research related to increasing incidence, genetic factors and treatment with immunotherapy and targeted therapy

Dr. Berglind Ósk Einarsdóttir

GPMLS/BMC guest speakers - Autumn 2019


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December 2 Prof. Christoph Borchers Multiplex targeted protein assays for clinical research and diagnostics Prof. Margrét Þorsteinsdóttir

GPMLS/BMC guest speakers - Academic year 2018-2019


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May 13 Prof. Joseph Loscalzo Network Medicine: New Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease  

November 22

Prof. Steve Narod

What I learned about breast cancer from studying Ductal Cancer in Situ

Laufey Tryggvadóttir

October 4

Prof. Peter Bergsten & Dr. Hjalti Kristinsson

Mechanisms of type-2-diabetes development during childhood and adolescent obesity

Prof. Margrét Þorsteinsdóttir

GPMLS/BMC guest speakers - Academic year 2017-2018


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July 5 Dr. Linfa WANG Bats, viruses and longevity: what´s the link? Próf. Magnús Gottfreðsson
April 16 Dr. Rafael Casellas How nuclear architecture regulates transcription Dr. Erna Magnúsdóttir
April 10
  Prof. Jonas Bergquist
Mass Spectrometry in Precision Medicine Dr. Margrét Þorsteinsdóttir
March 19 Prof. Ardem Patapoutian Piezo channels in mechanotransduction: sensory biology to disease Prof. Eiríkur Steingrímsson

October 19

Dr. Fiona Watt

Regulation of cell fate in mammalian epidermis

Prof. Þórarinn Guðjónsson

August 22

Dr. Joan Massagué

Metastatic colonization by circulating cancer cells

Dr. Inga Reynisdóttir

GPMLS/BMC guest speakers – Academic year 2016-2017


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September 9

Petra Knaus

Disease causing mutations in the BMP pathway

Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir

September 19

Susan Domchek

Beyond BRCA1 and BRCA2 - Where do we go from here?

Sigríður Klara Böðvarsdóttir

October 27

Albin Sandelin

The transcription start site and enhancer landscape of the descending colon in inflammatory bowel disease

Arnar Pálsson

January  23

John Hardy

Genomics of neurodegeneration

Diahann Atacho

March 1 Nevan Krogan Using Systems Approaches to Study the Host-Pathogen Interface Valgerður Andrésdóttir

April 10

David Sabatini

Regulation of Growth by the mTOR Pathway

Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir

April 21

Paul Nurse

Controlling the Cell Cycle

Eiríkur Steingrímsson

May 26 Immaculata De Vivo The Impact of Telomere Dynamics and Lifestyle Choices on Cancer Risk Gunnar Guðmundsson

June 2

Andrew Jackson

A to Z of Microcephaly: Linking instability to innate immunity

Jón Jóhannes Jónsson

June 26

Josef Penninger

Yeast genetics in mammalian stem cells

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GPMLS/BMC guest speakers – Academic year 2015-2016


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September (24. Sept)

Claire Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania

Lysosomal roles in extracellular and intracellular communication

Þór Eysteinsson/Josue Ballesteros

November  (5. Nov)

Mina Bissell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Why don’t we get more cancer?  The crucial role of Extracellular Matrix and Microenvironment in metastasis and dormancy.

Þórarinn Guðjónsson

November (6. Nov)

Robert Hindges, Kings College


Zophonías O. Jónsson

January (21. Jan)

Kári Stefánsson, DeCODE genetics

Genetics of Common Complex Traits

Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir

March  (10. March)

Frank Heppner, Charité Medical University Berlin

Immune actions in Alzheimer’s disease

Diahann Atacho

March (17. March)

Martin Lagging, University of Gothenburg

Impact of Host Genetic Factors on the Natural History and Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Þorbjörg Einarsdóttir

May (6. May)


Alan Ashworth, UCSF

Serena Nik-Zainal, Sanger Institute

Harnessing DNA repair defects to develop new therapies for cancer

Landscape of somatic genetics in 560 whole breast cancer genomes

Helga M. Ögmundsdóttir

May (26. May)

Christine Mummery, LUMC Leiden

Human pluripotent stem cells in modelling cardiovascular disease: the new patient

Guðrún Valdimarsdóttir

June (21. June) Andreas Radbruch, DRFZ, Berlin The resting and the restless immunological memory: Its role in immunity and chronic inflammation Jóna Freysdóttir

June (27. June)


Rudolf Jaenisch & Richard Young, Whitehead Institute, MIT

Epigenetics, stem cells and disease research

Development and disease: the view from chromosome neighborhoods

Anne Richter


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