7th ICBE—International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

January 8-11, 2017

The meeting was held January 8-11, 2017 in San Diego, CA, USA.

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 Gordon-style conference format.

See Preliminary Technical Program Here


  • Pete Tessier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Katy Kao, Texas A&M University

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sangeeta N. Bhatia, MIT
  • Angela Belcher, MIT
  • Dennis Burton, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Bernhard Palsson, University of California, San Diego

Invited Speakers:

  • Ming Hammond, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mikhail Shapiro, Caltech
  • Scott Manalis, MIT
  • Kris Prather, MIT
  • Mattheos Koffas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Sharon Gerecht, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jennifer Maynard, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Timothy Lu, MIT
  • Joel Collier, Duke University  
  • Fuzhong Zhang, Washington University
  • Michelle O’Malley, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Carol Hall, North Carolina State University
  • Douglas Fowler, University of Washington
  • Brendan Harley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Adam Engler, University of California, San Diego

Sessions and Session Chairs:

  • Novel Synthetic Biology Tools and Applications
  • Tae Seok Moon, Washington University
  • Wenjun Zhang, University of California, Berkeley
  • Metabolic Engineering for Fuels, Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals
  • Kevin Solomon, Purdue University
  • Nanette Boyle, Colorado School of Mines
  • Experimental and Computational Tools for Designing and Engineering Biomolecules and Biosystems
  • Srivatsan Raman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Danielle Tullman-Ercek, Northwestern University
  • Biomolecular Engineering Applications: Therapeutics, Diagnostics and Imaging Agents
  • Sai Reddy, ETH
  • Yvonne Chen, UCLA
  • Cellular and Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
  • Samira Azarin, University of Minnesota
  • Ethan Lippmann, Vanderbilt University
  • Biophysical and Microscale Analyses of Molecular and Cellular Function
  • Lydia Contreras, University of Texas, Austin
  • Benjamin Hackel, University of Minnesota
  • Biosensors, Bionanotechnology and Bioelectronics
  • Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Georgia Tech
  • Charles Schroeder, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 

Featured Speakers

Angela Belcher

Prof. Belcher attended the University of California – Santa Barbara for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She obtained her B.S. in Creative Studies in 1991 and her PhD in Chemistry in 1997, unraveling the ways in which proteins can direct the material properties of minerals. Belcher joined the MIT faculty in 2001 as Professor in the Departments of Biological Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering.

The Belcher lab seeks to understand and harness nature’s own processes in order to design technologically important materials and devices for energy, the...Read more

Sangeeta Bhatia

Sangeeta Bhatia is a cancer researcher, MIT professor, and biotech entrepreneur who works to adapt technologies developed in the computer industry for medical innovation. Trained as both a physician and engineer at Harvard, MIT, and Brown University, Bhatia’s laboratory leverages ‘tiny technologies’ of miniaturization to yield inventions with new applications in tissue regeneration, stem cell differentiation, medical diagnostics, predictive toxicology, and drug delivery. She and her trainees have launched more than 10 biotechnology companies to improve human health....Read more

Dennis Burton

Dennis Burton is the Chairman, and Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA. He was recently awarded the James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Oxford University and his Ph.D from Lund University, Sweden in physical biochemistry. He is the Scientific Director of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) Neutralizing Antibody Consortium and Neutralizing Antibody Center, Director of The Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology and Immunogen...Read more

Bernhard Palsson

Bernhard Palsson is the Galletti Professor of Bioengineering, the Principal Investigator of the Systems Biology Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the CEO of the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability in Denmark, working in this capacity since 2011. His research includes the development of methods to analyze metabolic dynamics (flux-balance analysis, and modal analysis), and the formulation of complete models of selected cells (the red blood cell, E. coli, CHO cells, and several human pathogens).Read more