Chair Franqui - Michel Georges

Lis-moi ton génome,
je te dirai qui tu es
Le professeur Vincent BLONDEL, recteur de l’Université catholique de Louvain,
le professeur Jacques MELIN, vice-recteur du Secteur des sciences de la santé,
le professeur Dominique VANPEE, doyen de la Faculté de médecine et médecine dentaire,
le professeur Frédéric LEMAIGRE, président de l’Institut de Duve,
ont l’honneur de vous inviter
le mardi 4 novembre 2014 à 17h
à la leçon que donnera
le professeur Michel GEORGES
du GIGA-R et de la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l’Université de Liège,
en qualité de titulaire de la Chaire Francqui au titre belge.
La leçon inaugurale sera suivie d’une réception.
Adresse du jour : Auditoire Maisin - Faculté de médecine - avenue E. Mounier 51 - 1200 Bruxelles
Leçon inaugurale
• Mardi 4 novembre 2014 à 17h
Read me your genome, I’ll tell you who you are
Auditoire Maisin
Leçons ordinaires
• Mercredi 12 novembre 2014 à 17h
Selection in action: the genetic saga of the double-
An NGS-based reverse genetic screen reveals muscled Belgian Blue Cattle breed
embryonic lethals compromising fertility
Auditoire central B
Auditoire Maisin
Mercredi 19 novembre 2014 à 17h
Phenotypic effects of polymorphic miRNA-mediated •
gene regulation: lessons from sheep
inherited predisposition to inflammatory bowel disease
Auditoire Maisin
Auditoire Maisin
Mardi 2 décembre 2014 à 17h
Mardi 9 décembre 2014 à 17h
Identifying causative variants and genes underlying Mardi 25 novembre 2014 à 17h
Studying coat color in animals reveals a novel CNV-
generating mechanism: serial translocation via circular intermediates underlies color sidedness
Auditoire Maisin
Adresse : Auditoires centraux - avenue E. Mounier 51 - 1200 Bruxelles
Michel Georges is Professor in Genetics and Genomics at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège.
He heads the Unit of Genetics of the GIGA Research Institute in the same university. Georges was born in Antwerp
in 1959. He obtained his DVM degree at the University of Liège in 1983, followed by a degree in Molecular Biology at
the Free University of Brussels in 1985. From 1985 to 1988 he worked in the laboratories of Gilbert Vassart at the Free
University of Brussels and Roger Hanset at the University of Liège. He obtained his habilitation from the University
of Liège in 1991. From 1989 to 1993 he was senior scientist, then director of research at Genmark Inc. and adjunct
professor in the Department of Human Genetics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since 1994 he has been heading the Unit of
Animal Genomics at the University of Liège. He played an instrumental role in establishing the GIGA Research Institute. Georges was
awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 2007, and the Francqui Prize in Biomedical Sciences in 2008. He is a member of the National
Academy of Sciences (USA).
Prof. Georges devoted his scientific carrier to the development and use of genomic tools for the identification of genes and mutations
underlying complex traits of agronomic and medical importance. He participated in the very first genome scans for QTL in the rat,
and then conducted many such scans in livestock. His laboratory is known for pushing these studies down to the identification of
causative genes and variants (or QTN). Georges’ team has discovered polar overdominance, identified the “double-muscling” gene,
identified several regulatory QTN including some that perturb miRNA-mediated gene regulation, and discovered a novel CNV generating
mechanism underlying the inheritance of colour-sidedness. He made important contributions to the “genomic selection (GS) revolution”
in livestock. More recently, Georges’ team has been involved in the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease and has contributed to the
identification of novel risk loci, genes and variants.
Curriculum Vitae
Contact: [email protected]