2nd International Conference on Plant Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering, and Biotechnology

November 29 - December 1, 2018

Presented by the Society of Biological Engineering (SBE), this conference will bring together scientists and engineers from universities, industry and government working in all aspects of Plant Synthetic Biology, Plant Bioengineering and Plant Biotechnology.

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Poster size: 30"x40" any orientation (portrait, or landscape)

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Conference Flyer

Plant synthetic biology uses enabling approaches from engineering and plants as platforms to produce self-sustaining and photosynthetic driven traits and bio-production. The emerging field relies on computational modeling and mathematical analysis to design predictable biological functions and sustainable traits. As such the field integrates and encompasses broad applications including biofuels, agriculture, bio-materials, biopharmaceuticals, sustainability and more.  All aspects of plant synthetic biology will be discussed in this conference from tools to design predictable functions and precision genome editing, to designed photosynthesis, plant bioengineering techniques, and rational design of novel plant traits.  

Session Topics:

  1. Tissue Culture and Transformation of Recalcitrant Species
  2. Transgenic Approaches for Improving Traits and Performance  of Crops
  3. Engineering of the Chloroplast Genome
  4. Gene-Editing Tools
  5. Plant Foundry: Biopolymers, Biopharmaceuticals and Medically Effective Secondary Metabolites (Vaccines, Antibodies, and Metabolites)
  6. Synthetic Biology Tools and Quantitative Aspects of Gene Circuit Design

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Featured Speakers

Scott Betts

Scott is research program leader for genome modification at Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. He received his BA from Reed College and his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from The University of Michigan.Read more

Kim Boutilier

Kim Boutilier is a scientist in the Plant Developmental Systems group at Wageningen University and Research. The research in her group is focused on understanding the molecular basis of cell totipotency in plant tissue culture.Read more

Henry Daniell

Dr. Henry Daniell is Professor and Director of Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a foreign member of the Italian National Academy of Sciences (14th American to be inducted in the past 240 years) and the Editor in Chief of the Plant Biotechnology Journal, Oxford, UK. Read more

Bill Gordon-Kamm

Bill has worked in industrial biotechnology since 1987, first at DeKalb/Pfizer Genetics from which he and his colleagues reported on the successful production of fertile transgenic maize plants in 1990.Read more

Poul Erik Jensen

Poul Erik Jensen's group has a strong expertise within photosynthesis research focusing on photosystem I (PSI) and chloroplast biology. The ability to manipulate photosynthetic chloroplasts in order to tap into the light harvesting system of plants and to utilize this power for the production of valuable bioactive natural products is of great interest both for academia and industry due to the potential of an efficient biosynthetic production of e.g. anti-cancer pharmaceuticals.Read more

Pal Maliga

Pal Maliga is Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology at Rutgers University. He obtained an MS degree at ELTE in Budapest and a PhD at JATE in Szeged, Hungary. Since at Rutgers his research group developed methods for the stable transformation of land plant chloroplast genomes. Chloroplast genome engineering in higher plants has led to an explosion of research concerning the chloroplast genome’s role in photosynthesis, functional analysis of plastid genes by reverse genetics, and mechanisms of plastid gene regulation. His current research interests are tissue specific regulation of...Read more

June Medford

June Medford is a Professor of Biology at Colorado State University where she has been a faculty member since 1996. She completed her Ph.D. in 1986 at Yale University and did her postdoc with Monsanto’s Plant Molecular Biology Group.Read more

Johnathan Napier

Johnathan grew up in rural County Down, Northern Ireland. He studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Nottingham and obtained his PhD from King’s College, London.Read more

Donald Ort

Deputy Director Donald Ort is the Robert Emerson Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois.Read more

Qiudeng Que

Dr. Qiudeng Que is a senior group leader in Syngenta’s Seeds Research Unit. His responsibilities include management of trait research pipeline operations and development of novel platform technologies including genome editing. His areas of expertise include genome editing, crop transformation, transgene gene expression and molecular analysis. He has worked on the development of genetic engineering technologies for various crops in the last 20 years. His team successfully developed efficient genome editing technologies in maize and soybean and applied them for trait researches. His team is...Read more

John Shanklin

John Shanklin grew up near Manchester England.  He moved to Wisconsin where he received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. working with Rick Vierstra on the biochemistry of selective protein turnover in plants.  He moved to Michigan State’s DOE Plant Research Laboratory for a Post Doc. with Chris Somerville where he became fascinated with plant lipid biochemistry and lipid modification enzymes.  John established his own research program when he moved to BNL in 1992 as an Assistant Biochemist.  John is the recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award, the Terry Galliard Medal for Plant...Read more

Patrick M. Shih

Patrick M. Shih, PhD, is an Associate Professor at UC Davis, and Director of Plant Biosystems at the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He has a BS in microbiology and a BA in political science from the Univeristy of California, San Diego.Read more

Chris Voigt

Professor Voigt obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the California Institute of Technology.Read more


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