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Chromatin and epigenetics


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This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.

Conference overview

Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence. At least three systems including DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) are considered to play fundamental roles in epigenetic regulation.

Research over the last two decades has uncovered the role of epigenetics in a variety of human disorders and fatal diseases. Moreover influence of age, environment, lifestyle, and disease state on epigenetic states is being increasingly appreciated and actively studied.

This conference provides an international forum for cutting edge research in chromatin and epigenetics. It provides the “focal hub” for people to present their research and exchange ideas. Renowned speakers will cover the latest advances in the field, broadly encompassing but not restricted to the areas listed below.

Session topics

  • Heterochromatin
  • Developmental epigenetics
  • Chromatin regulation
  • Transcription and chromatin defects and diseases
  • Nuclear architecture
  • Single cell genomics

What past participants say about the conference

“The conference was very thoughtfully organised, and the subject matter allowed me to deepen my knowledge on many interesting levels. It was a valuable experience that I would like to repeat in the future.” – Magdalena, University of Lodz, Poland

“The training provided by EMBL was very fruitful and productive. I would like to be a part of such training in future too and also like to recommend others to be part of it.” – Dr. Laxman Khanal, BPKIHS, Nepal

“Although online, this conference was well-organised with an overall great quality of talks about many novelties. If I can, I will definitely attend the next time, maybe already on-site!” – Tobias Hohl, Max-Planck-Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics, Germany


Nicola Iovino

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Wei Xie

Tsinghua University


Bing Zhu

Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Scientific organisers

Asifa Akhtar

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Bing Ren

University of California, San Diego


Dirk Schübeler

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research





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Media kit

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Date: 13 - 16 May 2025

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Asifa Akhtar
    Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
    • Amanda Fisher
      MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences, UK
      • Bing Ren
        University of California, San Diego, USA

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