ICBE Session Details

Keynote Speakers

  • Michael Bott, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
  • Laura Kiessling, University of Wisconsin
  • Akihiko Kondo, Kobe University
  • David Tirrell, Caltech

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology employes engineering principles to construct biological systems with predictable behaviors.  This session will cover recent development in synthetic biology for studying complex biological systems and for various applications.
 Session Chairs: Howard Salis, Penn State and Frank Zhang, WUSTL 
 Invited Speakers: Gary Jung, Postech and Vincent Noireaux, University of Minnesota 

Metabolic Engineering for Fuels and Chemicals

Biosynthesis of molecules traditionally produced via chemical synthesis has had a significant and ever-expanding impact on the fuel industry and multiple chemical sectors. This session considers the experimental, computational, and methodological advances in metabolic engineering that continue to drive this field forward.
 Session Chairs: David Nielsen, ASU and Mark Styczynski, Georgia Tech
 Invited Speakers: Terry Papoutsakis, University of Delaware and Greg Stephanopoulos, MIT

Protein Engineering and Evolution

Protein engineering technologies and applications are ever-growing, fueled by advances in all areas of biotechnology.  This session will highlight recent developments and applications of novel protein design strategies, as well as notable examples of proteins engineered to exhibit unique properties for specific applications.
 Session Chairs: Pat Cirino, University of Houston and Amy Karlsson, UMCP
 Invited Speakers: Karl Erich Jaeger, University of Duesseldorf and Joe Noel, Scripps Research Institute

Experimental and Computational Tools for Engineering Biomolecules

This session will highlight both experimental and computational techniques aimed at overcoming key bottlenecks in the engineering of biomolecules. Contributions addressing the overproduction of biorenewables/biofuels, bio-active molecules and the tunable control of fundamental biological processes are sought.
 Session Chairs: Cynthia Collins, RPI and Costas Maranas, Penn State
 Invited Speakers: Lydia Contreras, University of Texas at Austin and Krishna Mahadevan, University of Toronto 

Biophysical Models of Biological Processes

The focus of this session is to reflect the latest advances in mathematical modeling of biological processes. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, computational tools for metabolic engineering, systems level modeling of reaction pathways and networks, mathematical analysis of biological communities, and mechanistic models of drug-target interactions. Abstracts that include experimental validation of model predictions are of particular interest. 
 Session Chairs: Mark Brynildsen, Princeton University and Ian Wheeldon, UC Riverside
 Invited Speakers: Yiannis Kaznessis, University of Minnesota and Muhammad Zaman, Boston University

High-Throughput Biological Design

The High Throughput Biological Design session will highlight research that combines high throughput characterization tools with physical and statistical computational methods to uncover the design principles behind biomolecular function. Of particular interest is research aimed at understanding biomolecular structure/function relationships, regulatory interactions, biomolecular machinery complex formation and function, and enzyme and pathway function. Emphasis is also placed on research that seeks to develop tools and technologies for accelerating biological design-build-test cycles to realize increased sophistication in biological design.
 Session Chairs: Michael Jewett, Northwestern University and Julius Lucks, Cornell University
 Invited Speakers: Steve Del Cardayre, LS9 and Zach Serber, Zymergen

Biomolecular Design of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Agents

This session features innovative research related to the design, evolution, optimization and analysis of biomolecules for detecting and treating human disorders. Relevant topics include computational and/or experimental analysis of biomolecules ranging from small peptides to large multidomain proteins, as well as the optimization and use of such biomolecules for diagnostic and/or therapeutic applications. 
 Session Chairs: Peter Tessier, RPI and Dane Wittrup, MIT
 Invited Speakers: Jennifer Cochran, Stanford University and Pat Daugherty, UC Santa Barbara

Designing Non-Native Biological Function

Designing of microorganisms for non-native biological functions: current status and beyond the biosynthesis of chemicals.
 Session Chairs: Brad Bundy, BYU and Jingwen Zhou, Jiangnan University
 Invited Speakers: Nobutaka Funa, University of Shizuoka and Michael Jewett, Northwestern University

Poster Session

Session Chairs: Christie Peebles, CSU and Karen Polizzi, Imperial College London