Best talk prize to Svend Dahl-Jensen – University of Copenhagen

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25 November 2016

Best talk prize to Svend Dahl-Jensen


PhD student Svend Dahl-Jensen from the Grapin Botton group, has received the Best talk prize at the 18th EMBL PhD Symposium at Heidelberg, Thursday, November 17, 2016

At the last EMBL PhD Symposium ‘Life by Numbers, Towards Quantitative Biology’ that took place at Heidelberg, Svend Dahl-Jensen, PhD student (Grapin-Botton group) has received the Best Talk Prize for his talk, entitled "Deconstructing the formation of the ductal network in the pancreas",

The EMBL Symposium addresses the demands for quantitative focus where system-wide approaches and theoretical modeling play a central role. Modern techniques allow the collection of vast amounts of data, yet analyzing the underlying mechanisms and rules from this data remains challenging. This is further complicated by the fact that many of these processes are inherently stochastic and rarely accompanied by exact functional descriptions.

The aim of this conference was to highlight recent advances and applications of quantitative research. And to inspire young researchers to see the implications of their work beyond a single process or correlation. Additionally, the purpose is to get closer to predicting complex biological behavior by well-established principles comparable to those found in fundamental physics. The core of this idea is an interdisciplinary approach, therefore the symposium considered quantification across multiple scales of biology, ranging from the sub-cellular to the multi-cellular level.

Svend is part of StemPhys, a unique and interdisciplinary initiative joining forces of physics and stem cell biology with the goal of significantly advancing our knowledge of stem cell commitment and controlling the differentiation process. Three of the core scientists are stem cell biologists from DanStem, Faculty of Health, and three are physicists, two theoretical and one experimental, from the Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science.