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9th ICBE—International Conference on Biomolecular Engineering

January 6-9, 2019
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ICBE brings together researchers who are using quantitative approaches to advance the understanding and application of molecular biology. 

Call for Abstracts is now open until October 5th, 2018

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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.

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Hal Alper, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Tanja Kortemme, University of California, San Francisco
  • Elizabeth Sattely, Stanford University
  • Ophelia S. Venturelli, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ron Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

​Session Topics

  • Synthetic biology
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Genome engineering
  • Protein design and engineering
  • Plants and agriculture
  • Cell-free systems
  • Cellular devices and circuits
  • Microbiome research

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

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

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. His group constructed synthetic gene networks that implement biochemical logic circuits in E. coli fabricated using the AND, NOT, and IMPLIES logic gates. The Weiss group has also built analog circuits that perform signal processing to detect specific...Read more