Keynote speakers

Dr. Nektarios Tavernarakis, Research Director at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Heraklion, Crete.

Title of his talk:

Heat stroke and neurodegeneration: Protective hormesis via induction of the heat shock response.


Dr. Tavernarakis is renowned for his cutting edge research on the molecular mechanisms of neuronal function. Specifically, his laboratory focuses on topics related to aging, metabolism, sensory transduction, neurodegeneration and necrotic cell death.


Dr. Enrique Martínez Perez, Assistant Professor at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London.

Title of his talk:

Back together before coming apart: Pairing and segregation of homologous chromosomes during meiosis

Dr. Martínez has made several key discoveries on the molecular mechanisms that control proper transmission of chromosomes during meiosis. In particular, his laboratory employs advanced light microscopy to study chromosomal crossovers in the germ line.