2nd Epigenetics and Bioengineering Conference (EpiBio 2018)

Advancing Our Interfaces with the Epigenome
October 4-6, 2018

Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), EpiBio 2018 is a forum for engineers and scientists who are applying the tools and techniques of bioengineering to the area of epigenetics. Academic, clinical, and industrial researchers from several disciplines are invited to share their recent discoveries and developments, and the overarching goal of the conference is to shape the future of this emerging field.

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The body of fundamental knowledge related to epigenetic modifications of proteins and nucleic acids as well as the mechanisms of epigenetic regulation in organisms ranging from microbes to humans is vast and rapidly expanding. Efforts to translate this knowledge into products and processes that benefit society have rapidly followed this explosion in fundamental understanding of molecular biology.

These products and processes include new medical diagnostics, new ways to treat disease, and enhanced methods of producing therapeutic compounds, proteins, and other lucrative chemical products. EpiBio 2018 explores how to advance interfaces with the epigenome, providing a platform to communicate, share technical knowledge, nucleate collaborations and partnerships, and hear a diverse set of perspectives related to needs, opportunities and priorities at the intersection of bioengineering and epigenetics.

EpiBio 2018 is proud to be partnering with Epigenomes. Epigenomes (ISSN 2075-4655) is an open access journal which provides an advanced forum for research studies on Epigenetics and Epigenomics. It publishes primarily original research papers, short communications and reviews. Their aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible.

There is no restriction on the length of the papers. For the information of the opened special issues, you can get access to them through this link.


  • Sensing Epigenetic Modifications
  • Writing Epigenetic Modifications
  • Nuclear Organization
  • Epigenetic Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Single Cell Epigenetics
  • The Epitranscriptome
  • Computation and Modelling in Epigenetics

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Featured Speakers

Jason Buenrostro

Jason Buenrostro is a Broad Institute Fellow and Harvard Society Junior Fellow. At the Broad Institute, Jason is developing new methods for understanding gene regulation within complex human tissues. To do this, Jason is integrating approaches across molecular biology, microscopy and large-scale bioinformatics to reveal new insights into the regulatory diversity of single-cells within healthy and diseased tissues. Among these technologies, Jason has developed ATAC-seq and single-cell ATAC-seq for profiling regulatory diversity within rare populations or single-cells. Jason earned his BS in...Read more

Susan Clark

Susan Clark is a molecular biologist by training and completed her BSc (Hons1) degree under the supervision of Drs Ken Reed and Lyn Dalgarno at the Australian National University, ACT, Australia in 1978. She studied for Ph.D. (1982) in Biochemistry at University of Adelaide, South Australia, mapping and sequencing human histone genes, under the supervision of Dr. Julian Wells.Read more

Lydia Contreras

Lydia Contreras is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research combines biomolecular engineering, genetic studies and computational modeling to understand molecular features that lead to the specific recognition and interaction of RNAs and proteins. She applies fundamental concepts that emerge from experimental (and computational) work to develop novel applications that could beneficially impact human health.Read more

Michael Elowitz

Michael Elowitz is a Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Biological Engineering. Michael Elowitz seeks to understand how core cellular capabilities such as communication, decision-making, and epigenetic memory are implemented by molecular circuits of interacting genes and proteins.Read more

Charles Gersbach

Dr. Charles A. Gersbach is the Rooney Family Associate Professor at Duke University in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, an Investigator in the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, and Director of the Duke Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering.Read more

Karmella A. Haynes

Karmella Haynes is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University. She earned her Ph.D. studying epigenetics and chromatin in Drosophila at Washington University, St. Louis. Postdoctoral fellowships at Davidson College and Harvard Medical School introduced her to synthetic biology. Today, her research aims to identify how the intrinsic properties of chromatin, the DNA-protein structure that packages eukaryotic genes, can be used to control cell development in tissues. Her HHMI postdoctoral fellowship project on bacterial computers was recognized as “Publication...Read more

Elizabeth Heller

Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacology Department in Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pensylvania. Elizabeth is interested in Environmental, genetic and epigenetic contributions to cocaine addiction.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

Hiroshi Kimura

Hiroshi Kimura is a professor working for the Department of Biological Sciences at Tokyo Institute of technology. He specializes in cell biology, epigenetics, and Gene Regulation.Read more

Anshul Bharat Kundaje

Anshul Kundaje is an Assistant Professor of Genetics and Computer Science at Stanford University. His primary research area is large-scale computational regulatory genomics.Read more

Stanley Qi

Dr. Lei Qi (Stanley) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering (School of Engineering), Department of Chemical and Systems Biology (School of Medicine), and a core faculty member in Stanford ChEM-H InstituteRead more

Karen Reddy

Dr. Karen Reddy is an assistant professor of biological chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding how the nuclear periphery and other subcompartments contribute to general nuclear architecture and to specific gene regulation.Read more

Hadley Sikes

Hadley Sikes is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hedley Sikes main research interests are biomolecular engineering, applications of redox chemistry, clinical diagnostics and molecular biotechnology.Read more

Ting Wu

Ting Wu is an American molecular biologist. Wu has made significant contributions in the area of science education in genetics, across many age groups, through work with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Natural History and is founding director of the Personal Genetics Education Project, which works through schools, online curricula, teacher training, and producers and writers of the television and movie industry through involvement with the trade-supporting organization Hollywood, Health & Society.Read more


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