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6th ICBE—International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

January 5-7, 2016

The meeting will be held January 5-7, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore. The conference will be co-chaired by Mary Chan Park of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Paula T. Hammond of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Michael C. Jewett of Northwestern University.

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ICBE brings together researchers who are using quantitative approaches to advance the understanding and application of molecular biology. These scientists, engineers, and professionals are contributing to the development of analytical, molecular, high-throughput, and therapeutic strategies that are directly relevant to public health and energy related issues. The conference will stimulate efforts to integrate these approaches across the scales of biological complexity in a single-track non Gordon-style conference format.

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Conference Chairs

  • Mary Chan Park, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Paula T. Hammond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Michael C. Jewett, Northwestern University, USA

Session Topics 

Plenary session: Metabolic En​gineering

  • Engineering design in metabolic engineering (rational design-build-test, metabolic valves, etc.)
  • Frontier applications in metabolic engineering (new organisms, mixed cultures, etc.)
  • Computational modeling in metabolic engineering

Plenary session: Materials

  • DNA and RNA assembled systems/biomaterials
  • Biomolecular design of functional protein biomaterials
  • Antibiotic and microbicidal materials design – addressing resistance

Pl​enary session: Synthetic Biology

  • Emerging tools in synthetic biology (including gene editing, modifications)
  • Precise genome engineering and genome-scale engineering
  • Synthetic biology applications for human and environmental health, plants and plant products

Plenary Speakers

  • Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea
  • Hirohide Saito, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Paul Freemont, Imperial College of London, UK

Invited Speakers

  • Poh Chueh Loo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • George Chen, Tsinghua University, China
  • Jennifer Reed, University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Dongsheng Liu, Tsinghua University, China
  • Gregory Tew, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  • Garry Merry, Twist Bioscience, USA
  • Matthew Chang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Hiroshi Ueda, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Sarah Heilshorn, Stanford University, USA

Featured Speakers

Matthew Chang

Matthew Chang is Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Program Leader of NUS Synthetic Biology for Clinical and Technological Innovation (SynCTI). His research interests lie in synthetic biology of microbial systems, with particular emphasis on development of synthetic microbes that perform programmable functions for engineering applications. His work has received international recognition and is featured in leading media agencies worldwide. He has been honored with the Scientific and...Read more

George Guo-Qiang Chen

Professor George Guo-Qiang CHEN received his BSc and PhD from South China University of Technology in 1985 and Graz University of Technology (Austria) in 1989. He also conducted research in 1990-1994 as a postdoc at University of Nottingham in UK and University of Alberta in Canada, respectively.

He has been focusing his research on microbial materials polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) metabolic engineering and PHA biomaterials application since 1986. After joining Tsinghua University in 1994, he has been actively promoting the microbial Bio- and Material Industries in China. Professor...Read more

Paul Freemont

Professor Freemont is Head of the new Section of Structural Biology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College. He is also co-founder and co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and the National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London. His interdisciplinary research has lead to the identification and naming of the RING finger domain found in many disease-linked human proteins and is associated with the global regulation of protein degradation. He has also determined a number of important crystal structures...Read more

Sarah Heilshorn

Heilshorn's interests include biomaterials in regenerative medicine, engineered proteins with novel assembly properties, microfluidics and photolithography of proteins, and synthesis of materials to influence stem cell differentiation. Current projects include tissue engineering for spinal cord and blood vessel regeneration, designing injectable materials for use in stem cell therapies, and the design of microfluidic devices to study the directed migration of cells (i.e., chemotaxis).Read more

Sang Yup Lee

Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is currently the Director of Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology, Director of BioProcess Engineering Research Center, and Director of Bioinformatics Research Center.Read more

Dongsheng Liu

Dongsheng Liu learned polymer sciences in University of Science and Technology of China and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1993. He then worked as a research associate in the Institute of Chemistry, CAS for six years and earned his Master degree on polymer chemistry in 1999. From 1999 to 2002, he finished his Ph.D study on the self-templated DNA circularization in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the supervision of Professor Albert S. C. Chan. In 2003, he joined the Chemistry Department of Cambridge University as a postdoc research associate, worked on DNA nanotechnology with...Read more

Poh Chueh Loo

Dr. Chueh Loo Poh is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Bioengineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore since 2007. He obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London and B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from NTU Singapore. After completing his B.Eng., he joined Accenture Pte Ltd and specialized in Information Technology Consulting. He was awarded NTU overseas PhD scholarship in 2003 to pursue a PhD at Imperial College London. He was awarded NTU Excellence in Teaching award in 2010 and he has been a member of IEEE since 2007....Read more

Garry Merry

Garry Merry’s career in the life sciences started as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the local hospital in Ayrshire, Scotland. Following undergraduate studies at Glasgow College of Technology and a graduate degree in Protein Biochemistry from St. Andrews University, he joined Waters Associates as a Project Manager responsible for the sales and marketing of HPLC to the Life Science Market in the UK. After four years at Waters, Mr. Merry joined Beckman Instruments International based in Geneva, Switzerland in the role of European Sales & Marketing Manager for HPLC.

In...Read more

Jennifer Reed

Dr. Reed completed her PhD at University of California, San Diego. She is now Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her group studies metabolism and regulation by combining computational and experimental approaches. Overall, we use computational models to study biological systems, engineer cells, and expand our knowledge of the underlying mechanisms behind observed cellular behaviors. We are interested in studying microbes (and microbial interactions) involved in metabolic engineering, bioremediation and health applications. Our models enable the integration of diverse...Read more

Hirohide Saito

Dr. Hirohide Saito is now Professor at Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University. After completing predoctoral training at the University of Tokyo and SUNY Buffalo in USA, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in 2002. He is interested in the field of RNA synthetic biology & nanotechnology. He aims to understand  design principle of living systems and develop new biotechnology . Recently he developed “RNA switches” and and "RNA-protein (RNP) architectures" to detect and control live cell functions in a customized manner.Read more

Gregory Tew

Dr. Tew completed his PhD in Chemistry at University of Illinois. At UMassAmherst his interested include Supramolecular polymer science, directed self-assembly, bioinspired and biomimetic structures, self-organization, well-defined macromolecular architectures, metal-containing polymers, membrane biophysics, physical organic chemistry, sensors, hydrogels, anion exchange membranes, alkaline fuel cells. Macromolecular research in this century will be defined by discoveries at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science. Research in the Tew group is focused on problems at this...Read more

Hiroshi Ueda

Dr. Ueda is a professor at Chemical Resources Laboratory, TIT. As an antibody engineer, he developed a number of new immunoassay methods including Open sandwich immunoassay, which can noncompetitively detect small molecule antigens with higher sensitivity than by conventional competitive assay. Recently he extended this approach to develop “Quenchbodies”, whose fluorescence increases upon binding with antigen, which is now under commercialization as a quick detection device for narcotics. He has also created a novel protein-protein interaction assay based on the functional complementation...Read more