Dr. Juergen Zanghellini
Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB)
From metabolic engineering to combinational drug therapy
The Centre for Systems Medicine is pleased to announce another speaker of our seminar series. Dr. Juergen Zanghellini received his masters in electrical engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. During his PhD he moved to Ottawa, ON, Canada where he modeled laser driven ionization processes in atoms and small molecules. He received his PhD in theoretical physics in 2004. After returning to Austria he joined the Institute of Chemistry (Graz University, Austria) and focused his work on modeling fat metabolism in yeast. In 2010 he did a post-doc at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), Adelaide, SA.
Since 2011 Juergen Zanghellini is leading the junior group on metabolic modeling at Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB). His research interest focuses on the analysis of (metabolic) networks using methods from systems biology.
He will introduce the concept of elementary flux modes, show applications thereof and explain that both, the minimal metabolic intervention strategies and efficient drug cocktails can be efficiently predicted. Finally he will discuss the potential of such an approach for the prediction and identification of drug targets in cancer research.
The talk will be held in the Albert Lecture Theatre, RCSI on Tuesday 7th of May 2013 at 4.30 pm.