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9th ICBE—International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

January 6-9, 2019

Join Nobel Laureate Frances H. Arnold and a host of notable speakers to learn about quantitative approaches to advance the understanding and application of molecular biology. The upcoming conference will be in beautiful Newport Beach, CA. Academic, clinical, and industrial researchers are invited to share their recent discoveries to progress the field in biomolecular science and engineering.

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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.

Press Presence

  • Caitlin Deane, Nature Chemical Biology - Nature Publishing Group

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Invited Speakers

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

​Session Topics

  • Synthetic biology
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Biomedical applications in molecular medicine
  • Protein engineering
  • Manufacturing molecules
  • Emerging tools and technologies
  • Cellular engineering
  • Microbiome research

Poster Session Sponsors

  • ACS Synthetic Biology, ACS Publications
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Wiley Publishing
  • Advanced Biosystems, Wiley Publishing
  • Biotechnology Journal, Wiley Publishing

Featured Speakers

Hal Alper

Dr. Hal Alper is the Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek Centennial Professor in Chemical Engineering and Frank A. Liddell, Jr. Centennial Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and was a postdoctoral research associate at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research from 2006-2008, and at Shire Human Genetic Therapies from 2007-2008. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Cellular and Metabolic Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin where his lab focuses on applying and extending the approaches of related fields such as synthetic biology, systems biology, and protein engineering.Read more

Frances Hamilton Arnold

Frances Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at Caltech, where her research focuses on protein engineering by directed evolution, with applications in alternative energy, chemicals, and medicine. Dr. Arnold pioneered the ‘directed evolution’ of proteins, mimicking Darwinian evolution in the laboratory to create new biological molecules. Her laboratory has developed protein evolution methods that are used widely in industry and basic science to engineer proteins with new and useful properties.Read more

Jennifer R. Cochran

Jennifer Cochran, Ph.D., is the Shriram Chair of Bioengineering and is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering, and, by courtesy, of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Formerly the Director of Graduate Studies in Bioengineering, she currently serves as the Director of the Stanford-NIH Biotechnology Predoctoral Training Grant, and Co-Director of the Stanford-NIST Graduate Training Program. Her research group uses interdisciplinary approaches in chemistry, engineering, and biophysics to study complex biological systems and to develop new technologies for basic science and biomedical applications. She has received the National Cancer Institute Howard Temin Award, the Martin D. Abeloff Scholar Award from the V Foundation for Cancer Research, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, and a Sidney Kimmel Scholar Award. She was also named the 47th Mallinckrodt Faculty Scholar by the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Foundation.Read more

Matthew DeLisa

Matthew DeLisa received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1996; his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2001; and did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas-Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering. DeLisa joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2003. He was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and to professor in 2013, at which time he was named the William L. Lewis Professor of Engineering. He also recently served as a Gastprofessur at the...Read more

Farren Isaacs

Farren J. Isaacs, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. He received a B.S.E degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and obtained his Ph.D. from the Biomedical Engineering Department and Bioinformatics Program at Boston University. In his Ph.D. he pioneered the design and development of synthetic RNA components capable of probing and programming cellular function. He then was a research fellow in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School working on genome engineering technologies with George...Read more

Ahmad (Mo) Khalil

Ahmad (Mo) Khalil is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Associate Director of the Biological Design Center at Boston University. His laboratory develops synthetic biology approaches to examine and engineer the functions of regulatory circuits that allow living cells to process information, make memories, and execute computations.Read more

Tanja Kortemme

Tanja Kortemme is a professor at the University of San Francisco. Her main scientific interests range from the details of the physical interactions between atoms and molecules to the architecture and evolution of interaction networks in complex biological systems.

Dr. Kortemme completed her postdoctoral work in Computational and structural biology at EMBL Heidelberg and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.Read more

Heather Pangburn

Heather Pangburn, PhD, is Core Research Area Lead of Systems Biology for Performance, overseeing and conducting research related to the mechanisms contributing to performance optimization. Dr. Pangburn brings 10+ years’ experience in toxicology, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry. She received her PhD in Molecular Toxicology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center wherein she examined the biologic and biochemical mechanisms of the chemopreventive effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. She subsequently executed her postdoctoral fellowship in the...Read more

Elizabeth Sattely

Dr. Elizabeth Sattely, an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford, began her appointment in January 2011 after completing a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Christopher T. Walsh. Dr. Sattely’s postdoctoral research focused on elucidating microbial pathways for making complex natural products. She earned her PhD in synthetic chemistry in 2007 from Boston College with Amir H. Hoveyda, where she developed new methods for small molecule synthesis using molybdenum-catalyzed olefin metathesis. The Sattely lab focuses on the...Read more

Pamela Silver

Pamela Silver is the Elliot T and Onie H Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. She is also a member of the Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Her group combines lessons from Nature to the design of new organisms for both discovery and applications.Read more

Christina Smolke

Christina D. Smolke is Professor, Associate Chair of Education, and W.M. Keck Foundation Faculty Scholar in the Department of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Christina’s academic research program develops foundational tools that drive transformative advances in our ability to engineering biology. Christina is Co-founder and CEO of Antheia and Co-founder of Chimera Bioengineering. Her impact in advancing the frontiers of biotechnology has been recognized with numerous awards, including Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator, Nature’s 10, AIMBE College of Fellows, NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, WTN Award in Biotechnology, and TR35 Award.Read more

Ophelia Venturelli

Dr. Ophelia Venturelli is an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at UW-Madison. The Venturelli lab focuses on understanding and engineering microbial communities using synthetic biology. Dr. Venturelli received the Shaw Scientist Award (2017), ARO Young Investigator Award (2017) and the NIH Outstanding Investigator Award (2017).Read more

Harris Wang

Harris Wang is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University jointly appointed in the Department of Systems Biology and the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology. Dr. Wang received his B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Physics from MIT and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University.Read more

Ron Weiss

Weiss began his pioneering work in synthetic biology in 1996 when, as a graduate student, he set up a wet-lab in the MIT EECS Department. His lab uses computer engineering principles of abstraction, composition, and interface specifications to program cells with sensors and actuators precisely controlled by analog and digital logic circuitry.Read more