Epigenetics of Host-Pathogen Interactions

Roscoff (Bretagne), France, November 16-20, 2020

Deadline for application: August 21, 2020

Chairperson: Jonathan Weitzman
UMR Epigenetics and Cell Fate, UMR 7216 CNRS/Université de Paris, Bâtiment Lamarck, Case 7042, 35 rue Hélène Brion, 75205 PARIS cedex 13, France
Phone: +33 (0)1 57 27 89 13
Email: jonathan.weitzman@u-paris.fr

Vice-chairperson: Matthew Weitzman
Division of Protective Immunity & Division Cancer Pathobiology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, USA
Phone: +1 (267) 425-2068
Email: weitzmanm@emailchop.edu

The Conference

This meeting will bring together researchers who work on a wide range of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Our aim is to unite these experts through a joint interest in epigenetic gene regulation and the interactions between both pathogen and host genomes. In this way we aim to clarify common and distinct pathways employed during infections by different classes of infectious microbial agents. This meeting will explore common ground and focus on sharing expertise in the technologies used to explore epigenome function and regulation. We hope to promote cross-talk between different research communities and to identify important areas for joint investment in the years ahead. We will specifically focus on the shared experience of applying state-of-the-art genomics and epigenomics technologies to clinically-relevant pathogens and disease models.

Invited speakers (provisional titles)

AVGOUSTI Daphne (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA)

BARTFAI Richard (Radboud University, Netherlands)
Epigenetic aspects of the interaction between malaria parasites and their human host

BENHAMED Moussa (Université de Paris, France)
Role of chromatin modifiers in plant stress responses

BOUTELL Chris (MRC Center for Virus Research, Glasgow, UK)
Spatiotemporal assembly of viral chromatin at single-genome resolution identifies a nucleosome independent role for Daxx in the nuclear restriction of HSV-1

BUCHRIESER Carmen (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Legionella pneumophila: effector synergy to modulate chromatin marks of the host cell

CECERE Germano (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Epigenetic inheritance of stress responses by small RNAs

CLIFFE Anna (University of Virginia, USA)
Intersection of neuronal signaling pathways with the latent HSV epigenome

DUHARCOURT Sandra (Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France)
Epigenetic control of genomic parasites: programmed DNA elimination in Paramecium

FIGUEIREDO Luísa (Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM) Lisboa, Portugal)
Epitranscriptome control of gene expression in African trypanosomes

GOFF Stephen (Columbia University Medical Center, NY, USA)
Histone loading and modifications during epigenetic silencing of incoming retroviral DNAs

HAKIMI Mohamed-Ali (IAB, Université Grenoble Alpes, Inserm, France)
In vitro Epigenetic Reprogramming of Toxoplasma Sexual Development, using MORC as a Cornerstone

HAMON Mélanie (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Streptococcus pneumoniae induced chromatin modifications

LOMONTE Patrick (Institut NeuroMyoGène (INMG), Lyon, France)
Epigenetic regulation of herpes simplex virus 1 latency mediated by promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies

MARAZZI Ivan (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA)
Host-virus neogene formation and UFO proteins

PARRISH Jo (University of Birmingham, UK)
Host cell reprogramming by oncogenic human papillomavirus

POLO Sophie (Université de Paris, INSERM, France)
Epigenome maintenance in response to DNA damage

ROUGEULLE Claire (Universite de Paris, CNRS, France)
Remnant of pathogen infection: a toolbox for controlling X chromosome activity in mammals?

SCHERF Artur (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Epigenetics of malaria parasites: An intellectual maze or a path to novel therapies

SIBLEY David (Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, USA)
Parasite effectors that alter host gene gene expression

SIEGEL Nicolai (LMU Munich, Germany)
Can RNA-processing hotspots serve as post-transcriptional enhancers to control antigenic variation in trypanosomes?

STERN-GINOSSAR Noam (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel)
Molecular determinants that govern cytomegalovirus latent infection

STRIEPEN Boris (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Sex and Fate in the Parasite Cryptosporidium

TRONO Didier (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Transposable elements, their controllers and the species-specificity of human biology and pathologies

VOSS Till (Swiss Tropical & Public Health Inst, Basel, Switzerland)
Epigenetic control of sexual commitment in malaria parasites

WEITZMAN Jonathan (Université de Paris, France)
Epigenetic aspects of the relationship between host leukocytes and Theileria parasites

WEITZMAN Matthew (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Temporal and spatial control of genome fate for DNA viruses that replicate in the nucleus 


Deadline for application: August 21, 2020

Registration fee (including board and lodging)
475 € for PhD students
700 € for other participants

Application for registration
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should deposit online before the deadline: https://cjm5-2020.sciencesconf.org//

  • their curriculum vitae
  • the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
  • the abstract of their presentation:

The abstract must respect the following template: TemplateResumeFile

  • First line: title
  • Second line: list of authors. Presenting author underlined
  • Third line: author's addresses
  • Fourth line: e-mail of the presenting author

Abstracts should be no longer than an A4 page and preferably be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 10 pts. No figures. ".docx" file format.

After the deadline, the organizers will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.