3rd Epigenetics and Bioengineering Conference (EpiBio 2019)

September 12-14, 2019
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Fueled by the rapid advancements in both epigenetic research as well as translational gene editing and gene therapy, the EpiBio conferences were established in 2017 as a platform for synthetic biologists developing tools for epigenetic reprogramming. Organized by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), EpiBio 2019 brings together academic, clinical, and industrial researchers from several disciplines to share their recent discoveries and developments. The overarching goal of the conference is to shape the future of this emerging field.

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EpiBio 2019 Flyer

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 2019 explores how to ethically 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.

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers

Session Topics 

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

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

Featured Speakers

Luciano Di Croce

Luciano Di Croce (Senior group leader at the Center for Genomic Regulation, and EMBO Member) obtained his PhD from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In 1996 he moved to Marburg (Germany) as a postdoctoral fellow where he became interested in understanding the link between transcription and chromatin structure. After a second postdoctoral stage at the European Institute for Oncology (IEO) in Milan, he established his laboratory at CRG in 2003, as an ICREA Professor.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

David Segal

Dr. David Segal’s research focuses on gene and epigenetic editing to understand and treat neurologic disorders. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1996, and pursued post-doctoral studies at The Scripps Research Institute. He joined the University of Arizona in 2002 and UC Davis in 2005, where he now holds joint appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, the Genome Center, and the MIND Institute. He sits on the scientific advisory board of the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation and the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome...Read more

Nathaniel Hathaway

Nate Hathaway, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He is also a member of the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  His lab studies how chromatin is dynamically regulated in the cell, allowing for varying levels of gene expression or gene silencing. Dr. Hathaway’s research is focused on the discovery of new small molecules that inhibit epigenetic pathways both for research purposes and as potential future...Read more

Albert Keung

Albert J. Keung joined NC State in January 2016 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Synthetic and Systems Biology.Read more

Philipp Voigt

Philipp Voigt is a Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh, UK, since 2014. Work in his lab aims to determine how different histone modifications interact to regulate and fine-tune gene expression in embryonic stem cells and during development, focusing on Polycomb and trithorax group protein complexes. His lab is taking a multidisciplinary approach, combining biochemistry with proteomic, genomic, cell-biological, and systems biology-inspired techniques. Philipp received both his undergraduate and graduate degree in Biochemistry from Freie Universität...Read more

Pernette Verschure

Pernette J. Verschure obtained her PhD at the University Hospital Nijmegen, the Netherlands in 1995 and continued as junior researcher at Smith Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, USA. She started in 1997 to study genome organization and received personal career fellowships from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research and the Netherlands Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was visiting scientist in the lab of prof. Andrew Belmont, Department of Cell and Structural Biology, University of Illinois, USA. She received several awards for her work on functional...Read more

Lucia Altucci

Lucia Altucci is Associate Professor of General Pathology at University of Naples 2, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and general Pathology, where she is teaches the causal mechanisms of diseases with a focus on tumorigenesis to medical students, technicians and biotechnologists. She is member of the Translational Medicine Ph.D. scientific board. She has also been appointed as associate researcher at IGB-CNR, where she holds a research laboratory. Her research focuses on innovative therapeutic strategies against cancer, (epi)drug discovery and development, identification of...Read more

Pilar Blancafort

Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Barcelona, and her PhD at the University of Montreal in the field of Biochemistry in 1999. She pursued her postdoctoral studies at the Scripps Research Institute, California in the field of genome-engineering . In 2005, she established her own laboratory at the University of North Carolina, as Assistant Professor and later as tenured Associate Professor in 2011.  In 2012, Professor Blancafort moved her laboratory at the University of Western Australia.   In 2014, she joined the...Read more

Maria Carolina Florian

Dr. M. Carolina Florian holds a PhD from the University of Milano (Italy). She pursued postdoctoral training at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Ulm University (Germany) from 2009 to 2015. In 2016, she was awarded an Emmy Noether Grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) dedicated to outstanding early-career researchers. This grant supported the establishment of her independent research team on Epigenetics of Stem Cell Aging. In 2018, she was appointed as group leader at CMRB (Spain).

Her research in the past 5 years strongly challenged the concept that aging is an...Read more