International Conference on Microbiome Engineering

November 4-6, 2018
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Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), the International Conference on Microbiome Engineering (ICME) 2018 will bring together leaders and experts from cutting edge fields of microbiome engineering to discuss progress and needs to develop research, technology, and innovation.

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Call for Abstracts is now open until August 6th, 2018

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Microbiomes consist of diverse microbial communities and exist in all types of ecosystems. Anomalies in microbiomes can disturb the balance of the ecosystem, resulting in diseases and disorders. Microbiome engineering attempts to mitigate these occurrences by modifying structures of the microbiota to restore ecological balance. Because of this, microbiome engineering has been instrumental in improving human health and agriculture productivity. ICME 2018 explores the importance and applications of microbiome engineering. This conference brings in experts in industry and academia worldwide to discuss the challenges seen in microbiome engineering and the future of the field.

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Invited Speakers:



  • Engineering of the organism and tools to manipulate it
  • Engineering and modeling of microbial communities
  • From genome-scale to community-scale models
  • Computational models for design
  • The role of engineers in the microbiome field [Panel Discussion]

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Conference Chairs:

Organizing Committee:

  • James Collins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jeff Gore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Costas Maranas, Pennsylvania State University 
  • Daniel Segrè, Boston University
  • Jeff Tabor, Rice University
  • Ophelia Venturelli, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Featured Speakers

Elhanan Borenstein

Elhanan Borenstein is an associate professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, with an adjunct position in the Department of Computer Science and engineering. He is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute for complexity science. Dr. Borenstein integrates metagenomic data with methods inspired by systems biology, in-silico modeling, network theory, machine-learning, and statistical inference to develop a variety of computational frameworks for studying the human microbiome. Read more

Vanni Bucci

Dr. Vanni Bucci received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florence in 2006. He then moved to the Hellweger Lab at Northeastern University in Boston to pursue a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Dr. Bucci spent the period ranging from September 2010 to July 2013 in the Xavier Lab in the Department of Computational Biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. Read more

Cynthia Collins

Cynthia Collins joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at RPI in March 2008 as an assistant professor. Cynthia grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She obtained her Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto in 2000, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Caltech in 2006.Read more

Arolyn Conwill

Arolyn Conwill is currently a postdoc at MIT, where she has been a member of the Gore Laboratory since fall 2012. She received her PhD in Physics from MIT in February 2018, and she received her BA in Physics from Pomona College in 2010. Arolyn's research as part of the Gore Lab uses experimentally tractable laboratory microcosms to explore how interactions between individuals drive the evolution and ecology of communities.Read more

Claire Duvallet

Claire is currently a PhD student in the Biological Engineering department at MIT in Eric Alm's lab, where she studies the relationship between the human microbiome and health and disease.Read more

Almut Heinken

Almut Heinken specializes in systems biology of the human gut microbiome with the particular focus on metabolic interactions between gut microbes and the mammalian host.Read more

Tami Lieberman

Tami Lieberman joined the MIT faculty in January 2018. She leads a computational and experimental research group focused on uncovering the principles governing colonization, niche range, and personalization in the human microbiome.Read more

Timothy Lu

Timothy K. Lu, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor leading the Synthetic Biology Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. Tim has pioneered new approaches to combat infectious diseases with synthetic biology, encode memory in the DNA of living cells, and perform both digital and analog computation in biological systems. Read more

Costas Maranas

Dr. Costas D. Maranas (b. 1967) is the Donald B. Broughton Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. The C. Maranas group develops and deploys computational framework informed by systems engineering and mathematical optimization to understand, analyze and redesign metabolism and proteins.Read more

Michelle O'Malley

Michelle A. O’Malley earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2009, where she worked with Prof. Anne Robinson to engineer overproduction of membrane proteins in yeast.Read more

Bernat Olle

Dr. Olle is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Biosciences. He has been a member of the founding teams of several companies of the PureTech portfolio and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.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

Ophelia Venturelli

Ophelia S. Venturelli is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Venturelli lab aims to extract evolutionary design principles of networks and synthetic ecologies using a combination of experiment, computation and theory.Read more