Weekly seminars


Weekly seminars

The Biomedical Center‘s seminar will take place most Thursdays in Askja room N-132 at 12:30-13:10.

All talks will be in English.

BMC chairs this spring semester will be dr. Katrín Halldórsdóttir project manager at the BMC labs Sturlugata 8 and dr. Guðjón Ólafsson post-doc at Eiríkur Steingrímsson´s lab.


Previous seminar programmes

Date Title of talk Speaker
January 11 Molecular pathology of cancer and the application of clinical sequencing Bylgja Hilmarsdóttir, PhD.
January 18 Green actions in the lab: there really is no time to waste! Katrín Möller, Postdoc
February 1 Scientific innovation, the potential and the pitfalls Einar Mäntylä, CEO
February 2 Heiðursmálþing - Vilmundur Guðnason Ýmsir
February 5 Neuronal heterogeneity and plasticity in the olfactory bulb Dr. Elisa Galiano
February 8 Oestrogen receptor-positive breast cancer and adverse outcome in BRCA2 mutation carriers and young non-carrier patients Laufey Tryggvadóttir, Clinical Professor
February 22 Clinical Metabolomics of Acute Critical Illness and Links to The Endothelium Sarah McGarrity, PhD


February 29 Identifying causal protein candidates for common disease in the AGES-RS cohort using Mendelian randomization Þórarinn Jónmundsson, Faculty of Medicine
March 14 DNA binding redistributes activation domain ensemble and accessibility in pioneer factor Sox2 Sveinn Bjarnason, PhD student
March 22 Introducing Proteintech as a Manufacturer of Antibodies, Cytokines and Nanobodies Dr. Frank Schestag
March 22 Exploring the genetic landscape of early-onset breast cancer using CRISPR-select Þorkell Guðjónsson, assistant professor
April 4 DNA methylation abnormalities in neurons Juan Ouyang, Phd student
April 5 Doctoral defence in medical science Salvör Rafnsdóttir
April 16 Doctoral defence in medical science Guðný Anna Árnadóttir
April 23 Becoming an RNAscope™ Expert: From Lunch Break to Science Breakthrough Joan Raouf, Spatial Biology Specialist

May 11 Pharmacological rescue of impaired mitophagy in Parkinson’s disease-related LRRK2 G2019S knock-in mice Dr. Francois Singh
May 31 Oral training presentation xxx
June 22 Building the Australian RNA ecosystem Prof. Páll Þórðarson



March 3     Epitranscriptomic regulation of DNA repair genes Karen Kristjánsdóttir
February 24 Regulation of vascular tone and wall tension in retinal arteries Prof. Þór Eysteinsson
February 17 New Research infrastructure - Part B Margrét, Óttar, Stefanía and Ragnhildur
February 10 New Research Infrastructure; Part A Ragnhildur, George, Þór and Hans
February 3 Microglial table manners: a new role for the centrosome in timing and controlling neuronal uptake by microglia Katrín Möller
January 27 Skin and mucosal immune-dysregulation and its role in Autoimmunity Prof. Björn Rúnar Lúðvíksson
January 20 Neuromuscular Tissue Engineering: In vivo studies with cellular therapies in models of severe lesion Dr. Tiago Ramos Pereira
January 13 The role of Mitf in neuronal activity Fatich Mechmet



Date Title of talk Speaker
December 16 Protein Structure and Disorder Prediction uising AlphaFold Matthías Már Valdimarsson & Tinna Reynisdóttir
December 9 Retinal oximetry in eye diseases and neurological diseases Dr. Sveinn Hákon Harðarson
December 2 Proteomics reveals that GFPT2 and UGDH, two enzymes in glycan metabolism, are upregulated in breast epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) Qiong Wang
November 25 Disordered transcription: Deciphering disordered transcription factors one-by-one with single-molecule techniques Dr. Pétur Orri Heiðarsson
November 18 Single-cell RNA sequencing: where we are and where we are heading Prof. Páll Melsted
November 11 Trial and error in CRISPR mediated genome editing: the devil is in the details Dr. Bylgja Hilmarsdóttir
November 4 Somatic evolution in healthy vs chronically inflamed colon and skin Sigurgeir Ólafsson
November 3 GPMLS lecture - Using fluorescence and X-rays to target volume-SEM acquisitions within multicellular specimens Dr. Yannick Schwab
October 28 Iceland as an incubator for startups in the health and biotech industry and the important role of BMC in the future growth of that industry in Iceland Dr. Friðrik Rúnar Garðarsson
October 21 What opportunities does the Aurora cooperation offer? Harpa Sif Arnarsdóttir
October 7 Research projects at Reykjalundur Dr. Marta Guðjónsdóttir
September 30 Allele-specific expression in the human heart and its application to postoperative atrial fibrillation and myocardial ischemia Prof. Martin Ingi Sigurðsson
September 3 Novel Peptide-Drug Conjugate Melphalan Flufenamide - A story of a successful industry-academia collaboration Dr. Ana Slipicevic


Date Title of talk Speaker
May 20 Advanced imaging of cellular processes across scales Dr. Jan Ellenberg
May 6 Human diversity and diseases in the context of genomics, transcriptomic and proteomics Dr. Unnur Þorsteinsdóttir
April 29 Unraveling the mysteries of noncoding and coding risk variants identified through pancreatic cancer GWAS Dr. Laufey Ámundadóttir
April 15 Assessing the effect of rare sequence variants in genome-wide association studies of quantitative hematological traits Guðjón Reykdal Óskarsson
April 8     Engineering vascular models to investigate disease at the microscale Dr. Kristina Haase
March 25 Applications to Infrastructure Fund Many
March 18 Metabolic profiling on FFPE breast cancer tissue using DESI-MSI Ólöf Gerður Ísberg
March 11 PTENpg1 antisense RNA mediates PTEN suppression in vemurafenib resistance and predicts clinical outcome in melanoma patients Dr. Linda Viðarsdóttir
March 4 Characterizing cancer-specific invasion programs and deciphering the role of natural killer cells in metastatic breast cancer Dr. Hildur Knútsdóttir
February 25 Towards an integrated metabolic and gene regulatory network model of human endothelial function Dr. Adrián López García de Lomana
February 18 Recent developments in the isolation and quantification of extracellular vesicles (EVs) from breast cell lines Dr. Berglind Eva Benediktsdóttir
February 4 Microglia Genealogy: Microglia through the lens of evolution Dr. Laufey Geirsdóttir
January 28 Short Vi-polysaccharide abrogates T-independent immune response and hyporesponsiveness elicited by long Vi-CRM197 conjugate vaccine Dr. Stefanía P. Bjarnarson
January 21 Vaccine development and vaccination against COVID-19 Prof. Ingileif Jónsdóttir
January 14 Prion protein genotypes in Icelandic scrapie flocks: The effect of removing rams with a VRQ allele from Icelandic breeding stations Mrs. Eva Hauksdóttir



Date Title of talk Speaker
December 17 Dissecting the phagophore assembly site Mr. Sigurður Rúnar Guðmundsson
December 10 APRT Deficiency: Prevalence and Clinical Outcomes Dr. Hrafnhildur Linnet Runólfsdóttir
December 3 New developments in ocular delivery: Eye drops for retinal diseas Prof. Einar Stefánsson
November 26 Sleep revolution - remodeling of sleep diagnostics and treatment Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir
November 19 Role of biological sex in cardiovascular (patho)physiology Dr. George Kararigas
November 12 CRISPR-Cas9: discovery, current uses and future uses Prof. Hans Tómas Björnsson
October 29 The genetics of fetal hemoglobin levels in adults Prof. Magnús Karl Magnússon



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