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SELECTBIO Conferences Exosomes & Liquid Biopsies Europe 2018

Jo Vandesompele's Biography



Jo Vandesompele, Professor, Ghent University and CSO, Biogazelle

Jo Vandesompele is full professor in Functional Cancer Genomics and Applied Bioinformatics at Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained a Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering (1997) and a PhD in Medical Genetics (2002). He is author of more than 200 scientific articles in international journals, including some pioneering publications in the domain of RNA quantification. His H-index is 72, with over 40 000 citations (Web of Science, February 2018).

The main themes of his research are the study of non-coding RNAs in cancer and the development of nucleic acid quantification methods. His lab uses a combination of high-throughput (functional) genomics technologies and bio-informatics tools to answer the various research questions in the field of cancer.

Currently, the lab is doing active research in the field of liquid biopsy enabled precision oncology space, in which the preanalytical steps of sample collection, processing and storage are scrutinized and novel methods are developed for mRNA expression profiling enabling somatic variant analysis.

Jo is also co-founder and CSO of Biogazelle, is a Ghent University spin-off company (2007), and co-founder of pxlence (UGent spin-off 2015).

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Exploiting Extracellular Nucleic Acids From Body Fluids For Precision Medicine Purposes

Thursday, 25 October 2018 at 11:45

Add to Calendar ▼2018-10-25 11:45:002018-10-25 12:45:00Europe/LondonExploiting Extracellular Nucleic Acids From Body Fluids For Precision Medicine PurposesExosomes and Liquid Biopsies Europe 2018 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

In contrast to general belief, a substantial part of the human transcriptome is abundantly present in the blood and other body fluids as extracellular mRNAs, lncRNAs and microRNAs, ready to exploited. I will discuss various workflows for RNA sequencing of body fluid derived RNA, including probe-based target capture as a sensitive RNA sequencing workflow to study thousands of mRNA and lncRNA genes in cell-free RNA from patients’ plasma and urine. Apart from RNA abundance profiling, this type of data can also be used to detect structural RNA variants, such as somatic mutations, fusion genes and RNA editing events, all known to play an important role in disease, including cancer. The resulting RNA profiles can be deconvoluted to enumerate the cells, tissues and organs that contribute to the extracellular RNA. Human body fluid RNA sequencing enables liquid biopsy guided precision oncology, such as therapy stratification, treatment response monitoring and early detection of relapse. I will also discuss the pre-analytical jungle of RNA targeted liquid biopsies and need for standardization, as part of the ongoing exRNAQC study.


Add to Calendar ▼2018-10-24 00:00:002018-10-26 00:00:00Europe/LondonExosomes and Liquid Biopsies Europe 2018Exosomes and Liquid Biopsies Europe 2018 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The NetherlandsSELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com