Biology professor shares experience sphingolipids biology in international conference

Birzeit University, represented by the chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at Birzeit University Johnny Stiban, participated in the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) international conference entitled “Sphingolipid Biology: Sphingolipids in Physics and Pathology,” held in Portugal from May 6-10, 2019.

The conference was attended by 250 participant from 26 countries, who talked about emerging tools to study sphingolipid structure and function, and the roles in membrane organization, dynamics, signaling and metabolism, with a focus on the role of sphingolipids in several human diseases, including, cancer, metabolic syndrome, genetic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Stiban, who is an expert in the conference’s subject, discussed, in one of the scientific sessions of the meeting, an international book he is editing about sphingolipid biology. He also explored possible cooperation opportunities with the participants, especially in student and faculty exchange, in research and academia.