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Mechanisms of drug resistance and tolerance in bacteria, fungi and cancer


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

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Resilience to antimicrobial drugs is a rapidly increasing problem of global health. Similarly, cancer cells that become drug-resistant or tolerant affect therapy outcomes, for instance during cancer chemotherapy. The underlying biological mechanisms of tolerance, resistance, and persistence are increasingly being studied and reveal a complex interplay between (cellular) evolution, biochemistry, and metabolism. Understanding these mechanisms holds the long-term promise of developing new therapeutic strategies less prone to drug resistance and, in the short term, enhances our understanding of clonal evolution and single-cell biology. With this new symposium, we aim to gather a highly international group of researchers to exchange in-person on the latest work on the biological mechanisms that mediate drug resistance and tolerance across the species barriers.


Csaba Pál

Biological Research Centre, Szeged


Scientific organisers

Markus Ralser

Institute of Biochemistry, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Marina Rodnina

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences



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EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

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Date: 18 - 21 Mar 2025

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Judith Berman
    Tel Aviv University, Israel
    • Markus Ralser
      Institute of Biochemistry, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
      • Marina Rodnina
        Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Germany
        • Luiz Pedro Sorio de Carvalho
          The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology, USA

        Contact: EMBL Events

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