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FEMS Yeast Research Webinar Library

Watch the recordings of the FEMS Yeast Research Webinars, featuring top scientists and authors of recent papers on a range of topics.


Yeast Lipids

(First aired 03.06.2021)

The webinar, co-organised with Yeast Lipid Conference, presents established and earlier career speakers who will cover diverse aspects of yeast lipid metabolism. It will address the exciting field of the role of phospholipids in organelle function and communication. Then we switch focus to applications of lipids that can be produced in yeast cells. Metabolic engineering has created the opportunities develop yeast cell factories to produce specialty lipids for diverse food, cosmetics, biofuels and biotechnology. The combination of state-of-the-art presentations from world leaders, exciting research presentations from up-and-coming researchers, and a discussion forum will deliver an engrossing session.

Read the FEMS Yeast Research Virtual Issue on Yeast Lipids

Chair: John Morrissey, Editor-in-Chief of FEMS Yeast Research

Co-chairs: Dr Eduard Kerkhoven and Prof Verena Siewers, Yeast Lipid Conference 2021

Keynote Speaker 1: Prof Maya Schuldiner, Weizmann Institute of Sciences. Talk: Regulatory mechanisms underpinning direct mitochondria-nucleus contacts in the yeast cell

Keynote Speaker 2: Dr Rodrigo Ledesma Amara, Imperial College London. Talk: Sustainable production of lipid and lipid-derived molecules in Yarrowia lipolytica

Research Updates Speaker 1: Paulína Káňovičová, Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. The role of phosphatidylglycerol in the manifestation of Barth syndrome

Research Updates Speaker 2: Karolis Petkevicius, The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark. Biotechnological production of the European corn borer sex pheromone in the yeast


Genomic Insights into Yeast Diversity and Evolution

(First aired 28th January 2021)

This webinar explored how technological advances in genome analysis give important insights into the diversity and evolution of yeasts. The speakers discussed how studying the genomes of a wide range of strains from different ecological or geographical origins allows the detection of genomic signatures of pathogenicity, domestication and niche adaptation. They also offered new genome-level perspectives on how yeast species emerge and diversify over different evolutionary time-scales.

Chair: John Morrissey, Editor-in-Chief of FEMS Yeast Research

Speaker 1: Daniela Delneri, University of Manchester (UK) Author of: Haya Alsammar, Daniela Delneri, An update on the diversity, ecology and biogeography of the Saccharomyces genus, FEMS Yeast Research, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2020, foaa013,

Speaker 2: Toni Gabaldón, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (Spain) Author of: Toni Gabaldón, Hybridization and the origin of new yeast lineages, FEMS Yeast Research, Volume 20, Issue 5, August 2020, foaa040,


Advances in Synthetic Biology Tools to Engineer Yeast Cells for Biotechnology

(First aired 05.11.2020)

Yeasts have long been used to produce alcoholic beverages and fuel ethanol. Its fast growth, well-developed genetics, robustness in large-scale fermentations and resistance to inhibitors and phages have made it the preferred microbial cell factories for production of a broad range of valuable products such as biofuels, biochemicals, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Synthetic biology aims to build genetic circuits and synthetic cells to understand native biological systems and harness them for a wide range of applications. Exciting advances are now being made in the application of synthetic biology to yeast metabolic engineering for biotechnology.

Chair: John Morrissey , Editor-in-Chief of FEMS Yeast Research

Speaker 1: Hal Alper, Associate Chair, Z.D. Bonner Professorship in Chemical Engineering; Cockrell Family Dean’s Chair in Engineering Excellence, The University of Texas at Austin (USA) Author of: Matthew Deaner, Hal S Alper, Enhanced scale and scope of genome engineering and regulation using CRISPR/Cas in Saccharomyces cerevisiaeFEMS Yeast Research, Volume 19, Issue 7, November 2019, foz076,

Speaker 2: Jin Hou, Associate Professor, Shandong University, Jinan (SDU), China Author of: Chenxi Qiu, Haotian Zhai, Jin Hou, Biosensors design in yeast and applications in metabolic engineering, FEMS Yeast Research, Volume 19, Issue 8, December 2019, foz082,

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