Conference Program

Date: July 15-18, 2024

The scientific program will begin on July 15 at 10 am and end at 5:30 pm on July 18, and will be followed by a Conference Dinner at the FIU Faculty Club

Location: Florida International University, Modesto Maidique Campus

Topoisomerases are nuclear enzymes that control the dynamic genome structures in all living organisms, regulating the winding of the DNA double helix and untangling DNA and RNA for cells to carry out the required functions for life. Many antibacterial and anticancer drugs listed as essential medicines by the World Health Organization focus on interfering with topoisomerase actions.

FIU faculty and students are collaborating with scientists from other research organizations to illuminate the details of topoisomerase mechanism of action, as well as identify (or design) novel small molecules that can target these enzymes in cancer or bacterial cells for the development of new medicines.

This international conference would provide a venue for outstanding scientists from across academia, government and industry to discuss new ideas and unpublished results at the very frontier of genome dynamics in biology and medicine.

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Keynote Speakers

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Scott H. Kaufmann, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kaufmann's Anticancer Drug Action Laboratory conducts research to study what happens when cancer cells are treated with targeted anti-cancer agents. His work with Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center's Early Cancer Therapeutics Group has contributed to phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials for ovarian cancer, other solid tumors and acute leukemias.

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Wilma K. Olson, Ph.D.

Dr. Olson's research at Rutgers University combines a variety of computational approaches with new developments in polymer theory to understand the influence of chemical architecture on the conformation, properties and interactions of nucleic acids. Her work attempts to clarify the role of local structure and ligand binding on the overall folding of DNA and RNA.



  Adela de la Campa

  Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain


  Benu Brata Das

  Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India


  Caroline Austin

  Newcastle University, UK


  Dmitry Ghilarov

  John Innes Center, UK 


  Joaquim Roca

  Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona, Spain


  John Marko

  Northwestern University, USA


  Marc Drolet

  University of Montreal, Canada


  Maria  Mills

  University of Missouri, USA


  Mark Mitton-Fry

  The Ohio State University, USA


 Matthew Schellenberg

 Mayo Clinic, USA



  Olivier Sordet

  Cancer Research Center of Toulouse, France


  Sarah Harris

  University of Leeds, UK


  Seychille Vos




  • From genes to chromatin: genome-wide topology
  • Cellular response and repair processes for topoisomerase inhibition and adducts
  • Computational and artifical intelligence approaches to topoisomerases and topology
  • Structure and mechanism of topoisomerases
  • New breakthroughs in targeting topoisomerases to fight cancer
  • Topoisomerases in antibacterial therapy
  • Topoisomerases in neurological disorders
  • Interaction partners and regulation of topoisomerase activities

Pre-Conference Symposium

This pre-conference symposium will take place the day before the 2024 Topoisomerases in Biology and Medicine conference on July 14. It will provide a venue for early career researchers, such as graduate students and postdocs, to learn about networking, career options, and presenting their research. Registration is free and available to all early career researchers attending the main conference. Campus housing is available for night of July 13 to accommodate attendees’ travel plans.

Chairs for Pre-Conference Symposium:




   Ian Morgan








   Chelsea Mann

   Ohio State University

Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration for the Conference:

$800 Early registration fee – Register by April 16, 2024
$900 registration fee after April 16, 2024
Registration deadline: June 30, 2024
Includes for Monday July 15, 2024 to Thursday July 18, 2024:
Conference Program (Talks and Poster Sessions)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee breaks with refreshments, Evening social hours
Not included: Housing, transportation to Conference

Please use this link to register. 2024 Topoisomerases in Biology and Medicine Conference | CASE Payments (

You will receive further information for Poster Abstract submission and Campus/Hotel Housing reservation AFTER registration is completed.
Postdocs, graduate students and other young scientists will be provided the option after registration for the main conference to sign up for a free Pre-Conference Symposium on Sunday July 14, 2024.
Deadline for Conference Registration and Poster Abstract Submission: June 30, 2024
A large number of short talks for the program will be selected from submitted abstracts. For consideration of short talks selection by the Selection Committee, registration and abstract submission must be received by May 1, 2024.
Please email Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh at if you encounter problems when registering for the conference.
You will receive further information for Poster Abstract submission and Campus/Hotel Housing reservation AFTER registration is completed.


Campus Housing in FIU University Towers (walking distance to Grahm Center for Conference)
Private Bedroom with full-size mattress in 4 Bedroom unit with 2 shared Bathrooms


Included: bedsheets, comforter, pillow, pillowcase, and towel
Not included: daily cleaning, toiletries
Earliest check-in: 1 pm, Sunday 7/14/24, Latest check-out: 11 am, Friday 7/19/24
Administrative desk in University Towers lobby is open 24 hrs
Cost for 5 nights from 14-19 July is $240 per person.
Send email to to inquire about availability of campus housing pending release of additional rooms by FIU Housing.
Off Campus Hotel Accommodation
We have reserved a block of rooms in DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Doral for our attendees. 
10250 NW 19th Street, Miami FL 33172 (3 miles from FIU)
Attendees will need to plan own transportation to FIU for Conference
2 Queen Bed or 1 King Bed (maximum 4 adults in 1 room)
Conference Rate: $149 per night per room + applicable tax (currently 13%) for stay between Sunday July 14 to Saturday July 20. Length of stay can be specified during booking.
Link for Conference rate booking will be sent to attendees AFTER registration is completed.
Conference rate available until May 31, 2024 or while supplies last


  • Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh

    Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh
    Distinguished University Professor, Florida International University
     AHC4 210

  • Dagmar Klostermeier

    Dagmar Klostermeier
    Professor of Biophysical Chemistry, University of Münster


  • John L. Nitiss

    John L. Nitiss
    Professor of Pharmacology; Associate Head for Research; Assistant Dean for Research, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Valerie Lamour

    Valerie Lamour
    Associate Professor, Institut de génétique et de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire, University of Strasbourg


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