11-13 September

Tripoli, Lebanon
Second International Conference on Advances

in Biomedical Engineering
Lebanese university               
Doctoral school of sciences and technology
Azm center for research in biotechnology  

Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Complex Systems June 1999-Dec 2006, Member of the
Editorial Board since 2007
Member of the Board of the Biotechnologisch-Biomedizinisches Zentrum (BBZ) of the
Univ. of Leipzig, since 2003.
Member of the Board of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics, Leipzig, since
Member of the Board of the Chemisch Physikalische Gesellschaft in Wien, elected for the
periods 2000/2001 and 2001/2002.
Member of the HGNC International Advisory Committee (2000)
Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2010

Title of the presentation: New Arrivals in the RNA Zoo:
Abundant Circularized and Trans-Spliced Transcripts


Following the completion of the human genome project at the turn of the millenium, major technical advances in sequencing technologies have fundamentally changed much of the the life sciences. Suddenly data are not scarce and expensive any more. Instead, data analysis has become the dominating and limiting component of research. At the same time, our picture of the human genome has changed profoundly. Instead of simple 'beads on string model' of well-separated individualized genes, several large-scale international survey efforts such as the ENCODE project have drawn a much more complex picture of an intricate network of intertwined transcripts.

A plethora of unexpected types of transcripts have been discovered in recent years, starting with a surprising diversity of small RNA much beyond microRNAs. A wide variety of usually unspliced intronic RNAs have been described. Most recently, improved methods for mapping transcriptomics data have revealed that circularized and trans-spliced RNAs are abundant in vertebrate genomes. These add an extra layer of complexity in the network of RNA processing.


Peter Florian Stadler

1965-12-24, Wien XVIII, Austria
Austrian Citizen
University of Leipzig, Germany, since 2002-09


Full Professor of Bioinformatics. (Lehrstuhl für Bioinformatik)




Member of the board of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics and the BBZ -Biocity in Leipzig.
University of Vienna, 1991-10 - 2002-10
Title Ausserordentlicher

Universitätsprofessor since 1997-10-01.

Habilitation: Venia Legendi for Theoretical Chemistry 1994-03-16. (tenure)

1991-1994 Universitaetsassistent at the Institute for Theoretical Chemistry and Radiation

Max Planck Institute for Bio-Physical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany 1990- 07 - 1991-09

Post-Doc with Prof. Manfred Eigen at the Department for Biochemical Kinetics

Studies at the University of Vienna, 1984-10 - 1990-06

PhD in Chemistry 1990, MSc in Chemistry 1988, undergraduate degrees (1. Diplom) in

Mathematics 1990, Physics 1989, Astronomy 1988, Chemistry 1986.

Functions and Awards
Member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, since 1994-2003,
and since 2004.
Novartis-Award for Chemisty (Austria) 2002.

Otto-Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society 1992.

Co-Managing Editor of Theory in Biosciences since 2004, Member of the Editorial Board
of J. Experimental Zoology, MDE since 2004.




Technical Co-Sponsors

  • IEEE Region 8, IEEE Lebanese section
  • IEEE Lebanon circuits and Systems/power
  • IEEE Lebanon computer chapter

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