International Conference on Epigenetics and Bioengineering Explores Healthcare and Industrial Applications

Engineers and scientists meet in Miami, December 13–15, to share genetics insights.
November 16, 2017

How can scientists and engineers use new knowledge about the genetic-level behavior of cells as protein producers to create beneficial products and industrial processes? That’s the topic that will be addressed at the first International Conference on Epigenetics and Bioengineering (EpiBio 2017;, December 13–15, 2017, at the Palms Hotel and Spa in Miami, Florida, organized by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Researchers of epigenetics study the genetic mechanisms within an organism’s cells — from microbes to humans — that instruct those cells to build different types of proteins. Recent advanced in the field, marked by increased understanding of the fundamentals of molecular biology and gene expression, are providing tools and mechanisms behind a variety of products and processes — from new medical diagnostics and disease-fighting therapies, to useful protein-based products and industrial chemicals.

EpiBio 2017 offers a forum where experts in these areas can discuss the latest insights related to gene expression, develop collaborations and partnerships, and hear diverse perspectives on the opportunities and technical challenges at the intersection of bioengineering and epigenetics. The conference is chaired by Hadley Sikes, associate professor of chemical engineering and the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ahmad Khalil, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and associate director of the Biological Design Center at Boston University.

Complete program and registration information for the Epigenetics and Bioengineering Conference is available at

About SBE
Established in 2004, the Society for Biological Engineering is a technological community for engineers and applied scientists integrating biology with engineering. Members of SBE come from a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines and share in SBE’s mission of realizing the benefits of bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications.

About AIChE
AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities, and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at