Metabolic Engineering 11

June 26-30, 2016

The Metabolic Engineering Conference is the leading conference for sharing the state-of-the-art developments and achievements made in the field of metabolic engineering. The theme of this year's conference is Design, Synthesis and System Integration for Metabolic Engineering.

Conference Proceedings are now available

ME11 was a great success. We thank all participants for making ME11 such a wonderful conference.

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2016 International Metabolic Engineering Award:

Bernhard Palsson, University of California, San Diego

2016 Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering:

Irina Borodina, Technical University of Denm​ark

The recipients of the two awards have been announced. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Poster awards will also be given to the best poster submissions at the conference. See the Awards Page for more information.

Metabolic Engineering 11 will be held from June 26-30, 2016 at the Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center and The Westin Awaji Island in Kobe, Japan. The conference is chaired by Akihiko Kondo, Kobe University and Hiroshi Shimizu, Osaka University. Sessions integrate the recent achievements made in the fields of systems biology, synthetic biology, biochemical engineering, synthetic enzyme, evolutionary engineering, integrated omics, tools and methods, and emerging techniques, healthcare, biofuels, chemicals and materials, biologics, microbial and mammalian systems, and other disciplines and applications.

Conference Topics

  • Metabolic Engineering for Fuels and Chemicals
  • Molecular Parts and Metabolic Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
  • Computational Tools and Methods for Metabolic Engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering for Chemicals and Materials
  • Metabolic Engineering of Industrial Microorganisms
  • Omics Science and Metabolic Engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering for Cell Culture and Medical Applications
  • Industrial Applications of Metabolic Engineering
  • Metabolic Engineering: Methods and Application


 ME11 is supported by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.

Featured Speakers

Irina Borodina

Dr. Irina Borodina is Senior Scientist and Group Leader at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Her research focuses on advancing the methodologies for metabolic engineering of yeast cell factories for the sustainable production of bulk and high-value chemicals. She received a Chemical Engineering degree from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania in 2001 and a PhD degree in Biotechnology from DTU in 2007. Dr. Borodina has authored 45 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited over 2,300 times, she is co-inventor of 12...Read more

Hiroyuki Kojima

Dr. Hiroyuki Kojima is a corporate senior vice president and general manager of the R&D Planning Department at Ajinomoto Co., Inc. He received his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in Agricultural Chemistry from the University of Tokyo.

He has held numerous positions at Ajinomoto. He began his career as a principle researcher in the company’s central research laboratories. Later advancing to an engineering position at Ajinomoto Eurolysine, followed by deputy general director in Genetica Research Institute, general manager of Fermentation and Biotechnology Lab, general...Read more

Jens Nielsen

Jens Nielsen has received numerous Danish and international awards including the Villum Kann Rasmussen’s Årslegat, Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering, Amgen Award for Biochemical Engineering, Nature Mentor Award, the Gaden Award, the Norblad-Ekstrand gold medal, the Novozymes Prize, the ENI Award and the Eric and Sheila Samson Prize. He is member of several academies, including the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences in USA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is a founding president of the International Metabolic Engineering Society.Read more

Bernhard Palsson

Bernhard Palsson is the Galletti Professor of Bioengineering, the Principal Investigator of the Systems Biology Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the CEO of the Novo Nordisk Center for Biosustainability in Denmark, working in this capacity since 2011. His research includes the development of methods to analyze metabolic dynamics (flux-balance analysis, and modal analysis), and the formulation of complete models of selected cells (the red blood cell, E. coli, CHO cells, and several human pathogens).Read more


Proceedings of the Metabolic Engineering 11 are now available:
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