NEW YORK, NY — Bioengineers, scientists, and researchers invested in genome editing and the groundbreaking prospects afforded by CRISPR-based systems will share the latest intelligence in the field at the 5th International Conference on CRISPR Technologies (aiche.org/crispr), taking place October 31–November 2, 2022, on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
Organized by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) — a technical subsidiary of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — the CRISPR conference will unite the field’s innovators and thought leaders, who will deliver academic and commercial perspectives on the accomplishments and promise found in CRISPR-based techniques, along with the world-changing potential of genome engineering, which has applications in biotechnology, agriculture, and biomedicine.
Conference presentations will be delivered by eminent figures in the field — including a keynote presentation by Nobel Laureate Jennifer A. Doudna, founder and Chair of the Innovative Genomics Institute. Doudna’s development of CRISPR-Cas9 as a genome-engineering technology (with collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier) garnered the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The CRISPR-Cas9 technology, which enables scientists to change the coding of DNA, altered the course of human and agricultural genomics research.
An additional keynote address is slated to be delivered by Rodolphe Barrangou, the T. R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University. Barrangou’s research focuses on the characterization of CRISPR-Cas systems, their applications in bacteria, and especially their use for the study and development of probiotics, including for genotyping, phage resistance, screening, genome editing, and antimicrobials.
Over the past decade CRISPR — which involves cellular-level editing and manipulation of the genome — have permitted biotechnicians to modify DNA, genes, and the development of cells, with implications for medicine, agriculture, and other areas. Topics at the CRISPR conference run the gamut of current research, and will be elaborated in sessions devoted to CRISPR biotechnology, genome editing and repair, CRISPR-Cas biology, CRISPR-Cas microbiome editing, mammalian synthetic biology, clinical and biomedical applications of CRISPR, and more.
The International Conference on CRISPR Technologies is one event in a roster of SBE specialty conferences that cover topics pertinent to chemical and biochemical engineers in the biotechnology space. Complete program and registration information for the CRISPR Conference is available at aiche.org/crispr.
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