Reprogramming Life: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology

Reprogramming Life: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology
Keynote Presentation by James Collins
Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 10:35am-11:35am EST

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Center for BioDynamics, Boston University

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University

Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers and biologists to design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms.  These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, "green" means to fuel our car and clean our environment, and targeted therapies to attack "superbugs" and diseases such as cancer.  In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells, and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in biocomputing, biotechnology and biomedicine.
 

James Collins

James Collins is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. A former Rhodes Scholar, he has been the recipient of many scientific honors including, in 2003, becoming the first bioengineer to receive a MacArthur Foundation "genius award". Dr. Collins’ research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology.