The 3rd International Symposium and Workshop on Functional Genomics and Structural Biology (FGSB2018)
July 23rd witnessed the successful opening of the 3rd International Symposium and Workshop on Functional Genomics and Structural Biology (FGSB2018) with its theme this year as “Defining Gene in the Post-Genomic Era”. The event was officiated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia, Prof. Dato' Dr.-Ing. Ir. Renuganth Varatharajoo, at the Auditorium Rashdan Baba, TNCPI Office Building, UPM, Serdang. The organising committee led by the Department of Cell & Molecular Biology and her co-organisers, Codon Genomics Sdn Bhd and National University-Sudan, successfully gathered a huge group of researchers from across three continents to engage in sharing of knowledge and providing an avenue for potential collaborative research among the researchers to expand research ideas into new science frontiers.
The symposium-workshop theme aptly described the stage of the journey we are currently at since the discovery of the blueprint of life, DNA. The limelight question was “WHAT’S NEXT with the treasure trove of genomic data we have and the availability of frontiers technologies in hand?”. During the two-day symposium (23-24 July), a spectrum of very current topics were presented and led by distinguished invited speakers from Japan, Australia, Thailand, China, and Malaysia. This was followed with equally important and interesting oral and posters presentation topics by local and international researchers across different institutions. Whilst the 3-day workshop (25-27 July) with its11 modules focusing on genome analyses were very intensive and blended harmoniously with the symposium topics presented.
Needless to say, the strong moral support from the Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, and sponsorship supports received from 14 companies that provide services closely intertwined in this field of research, are much to be applauded and commented.
Assoc Prof Dr Janna Ong Abdullah and Dr Nurulfiza Mat Isa
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Updated:: 07/08/2018 [m_radzi]