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Dear participants of Molecular Life of Stem Cells 2016!

On behalf of the organizing committee MLSC 2016, we want to thank you for attending our 1st international Molecular Life of Stem Cells 2016 conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We would especially like to thank our workshop instructors for sharing their expertise and all 29 invited speakers for their great talks and exchange of ideas and discussions. Thank you all for taking your time and effort to be here. We certainly hope that the conference reached your expectations and provided you the opportunity to make new friends, connect with colleagues and share knowledge, suggestions and opinions with participants from all over the world. 

We have been very fortunate to have a large group of well known experts in their respective fields participate in our conference. Their involvement resulted in very successful pre-event workshops, conference and poster session. We want to thank each of them and also to all the session chairs who guided particular session. 

With the attendance of over 400 participants, aprox. 120 researchers from abroad, 70 researchers from Slovenia, and more than 200 students, we reached our goal in achieving a highly recognized and successful meeting. 

We would like to specially thank to the co-organizers, Municipality of Ljubljana, supporting scientific societies for investing their time and resources that strongly contributed to the success of this conference. We would also like to thank our host, the University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Law, Biotechnical Faculty and Faculty of Computer and Information Science for providing a location for our meeting. At the end, special thanks to all our sponsors – without their support the conference would not be possible.

Thank you again for all of your generous support and for your contribution at the conference!
We hope to see you again at our future events! 

Yours sincerely,

Organizing team MLSC2016


Join us at the first international conference bringing together prominent world scientists in stem biology, RNA biochemistry and system biology that will deliver the latest insights in RNA regulation and (epi)genomic engineering in stem cells.

Molecular Life of Stem Cells 2016 will address the fundamental question of molecular and cellular mechanisms of self-renewal and cell fate determination. Specific gene expression programs are responsible both for the self-renewal of stem cells and for specific differentiation programs. Lately it is becoming increasingly clear that regulation of stem cells occurs at multiple levels. Harnessing knowledge of this complex regulatory landscape is key to unlocking the therapeutic potential of stem cell research in regenerative medicine. Proposed lecture course is ideal for bringing together scientists from different fields and foster interdisciplinary discussions that will promote cross-collaboration between experts in stem research and RNA mechanisms. This knowledge might open new avenues in understanding of stem cell differentation and stimulate understanding of regenerative medicine or for the treatment of genetic diseases. In light of recent findings underscoring importance of post-transcriptional regulation of life of stem cells, we will elaborate complex systems of cell fate determination using a large collection of tools that includes noncoding RNAs and RNA binding proteins (RBPs) and cutting-edge technology.



Special conference themed Issue of Stem Cell Research

We are pleased to announce we are preparing a Special issue on Molecular biology in stem cells to be published in Stem Cell Research (Elsevier). It will include contributions from conference participants, but also other contributors. Stem Cell Research is a full Open Access journal, thus providing maximum dissemination to any published article and for invited special issue articles OA costs will be waived to authors.


Jacob Hanna

EMBO YIP Keynote Lecture
Weizmann Institute of Science, ISR

Donal O'Carroll

Keynote Lecture
Edinburgh University, UK / 
Wellcome Trust Centre

Nikolaus Rajewsky

Keynote Lecture
Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology / 

New York University / MDC Berlin

Jianlong Wang

Plenary lecture
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

Derk ten Berge

Erasmus University, NL / 
Erasmus MC

Paul Bertone

Cambridge University, UK / 
European Bioinformatic Insititute

Jörg Betschinger

FMI Basel, CH

Sebastian Bultmann

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, DE

Davide Cacchiarelli

Harvard University, USA / 
Broad Institute

Filippo Calzolari

University of Mainz, DE

Alfredo Castello

Oxford University, UK

Jeffrey Chao

FMI Basel, CH

Mark Denham

Aarhus University, DK / 
DANDRITE Institute

Micha Drukker

Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, DE

Simon Elsässer

Karolinska Institute, SE

Julien Gagneur

Technical University of Munich

Elke Glasmacher

Helmholtz Zentrum München, DE

Martin Leeb

University of Vienna, AT

Christian Muchardt

Intstitute Pasteur, FR

Jernej Murn

Havard University, USA

Dierk Niessing

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, DE

Jovica Ninkovic

Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, DE

Paulo Amaral

Cambridge University, UK

Boris Rogelj

Jozef Stefan Institute, SLO

Alvaro Rada-Iglesias

Cologne University, DE

Michael Sattler

Technical University of Munich, DE / 
Helmholtz Zentrum Munich

Renée Schroeder

University of Vienna and MFPL, AT

Stefan Stricker

Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, DE

Jernej Ule

University College London, UK

Julian Venables

Insitute of Genetic Medicine,
Newcastle University, UK / 
Science Sense, FR





Natasa Anastazov

Institute of Radiation Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München

Baser Avni

German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Tomaz Bratkovic

University of Ljubljana

Emanuele Buratti

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy

Benjamin Dodsworth

University of Oxford

Miriam Esgleas

Institute of Stem Cell Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München

Inga Loedige

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL Heidelberg)

Raphaelle Luiser

Francis Crick Institute, London

Miha Milek

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin

Gregor Rot

University of Zurich

Alena Shkumatava

Institute Curie, Paris

Martin Stražar

University of Ljubljana

Conference Location

Conference center of Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana

Within Ljubljana city center

Golden sponsors