New Horizons - Symposium in honor to Prof. Dr. Mikhail Shapiro and workshop


The symposium honors the excellent contributions of Prof. Mikhail Shapiro – awarded this year with the "New Horizons Fellowship" of the Excellence Strategy at the University of Tübingen.

Prof. Shapiro is an outstanding leader and influenced a broad range of scientific fields worldwide (see details here). His laboratory has developed the first gene-encoded reporter genes for ultrasound imaging with single-cell resolution and discovered fundamental biophysical, biomedical, and biochemical mechanisms with application in oncology and neurology.

As a tribute to his multidisciplinary research and diversity in science, we set up a unique scientific "New Horizons" symposium with renowned scientists:

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Day 1

Session 1: Technologies to study and engineer the microbiome

  • Prof. Mikhail Shapiro, Caltech
  • Dr. Effie Bastounis, University of Tübingen
  • Dr. James Marsh, MPI for Biology, Tübingen
  • Prof. Lisa Maier, University of Tübingen

Session 2: Biomolecular and cellular ultrasound

  • Prof. David Maresca, Delft University of Technology
  • Tudor Ionescu, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Prof. Mickael Tanter, Inserm, ESPCI Paris
  • Marjorie Buss, Caltech

Day 2

Session 3: Cellular and molecular neuroimaging

  • Prof. Gil Westmeyer, TUM
  • Dr. Yi Chen, MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
  • Prof. Michela Deleidi, DZNE Tübingen
  • Prof. Kristina Herfert, WSIC Tübingen

Session 4: Imaging and control of cancer immunotherapy and immunodiagnostics

  • Dr. Leif Schröder, DKFZ Heidelberg
  • Prof. André Martins, WSIC Tübingen
  • Prof. Bettina Weigelin, WSIC Tübingen
  • Dr. Christian Seitz, University Hospital Tübingen

The symposium will also be broadcasted online in a virtual format. Participation requires online registration. Please register using the link "Anmelden" in the side bar (top left corner). The registration deadline is October 10, 2022.

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Demonstration workshop:


The workshop "Gene-encoded Gas Vesicles for Molecular Focused Ultrasound Imaging in cells" will take place in the labs of the Werner Siemens Imaging Center (WSIC) in Tübingen.

The number of participants is limited to 10 and requires prior registration. First come - first served! For registration, please also use the link "Anmelden" in the side bar (top left corner). The registration deadline is October 10, 2022.

In this workshop we will demonstrate the capability of the new fUS techniques and the use of gene-encoded gas vesicles in the field of preclinical imaging. The following techniques will be included in the training:

-Functional ultrasound imaging

-Cell engineering

-Wet lab techniques

-Imaging analysis

The demonstration will be given by Marjorie Buss (Caltech) and Lucas Freidel (WSIC).

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There are no participation fees. Registration is free and catering is included. Registration for the symposium is required for both in-person and online participation. Registration for the workshop is also required, the number of participants is limited to 10 people. The registration deadline is October 10, 2022.

The symposium will be held at the "Alte Aula" a historic building in the inner city of Tübingen. Alte Aula, Münzgasse 30, 72070 Tübingen

The workshop will be held in the WSIC labs. Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Röntgenweg 13, 72076 Tübingen