2nd International Conference on Microbiome Engineering

December 2-4, 2019
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Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), the International Conference on Microbiome Engineering (ICME 2019) will bring together leaders and experts from cutting edge fields of microbiome engineering to discuss progress and needs to develop research, technology, and innovation.

Abstract submission extended through November 1st!

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NSF’s support may be available to students/post docs who submit an abstract. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Microbiomes consist of diverse microoganisms and viruses that exist in every environment Earth ranging from the deep ocean to human skin. Microbiomes are highly complex since they contain hundreds to thousands of members and change as a function of time, space and environmental context. By compartmentalizing functions in different organisms and coordinating these activities, microbial communities can perform biotransformations more efficiently than single populations. Environmental perturbations can alter the composition and functions of microbiomes. Microbiome engineering aims to design targeted interventions to predictably alter microbiome properties or wire together interacting microbial strains with desired functions from the bottom-up for biotechnological, agricultural and therapeutic applications. This conference brings in experts in industry and academia worldwide to discuss the challenges in microbiome engineering and the future of the field.

Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers

Session Topics

  • Emerging technologies to manipulate and study microbiomes
  • Computational modeling to predict and understand microbiomes
  • Engineering of organisms and communities for plants, animals and bioremediation 
  • Engineering therapeutic microbes for clinical applications
  • Challenges in microbiome engineering: spanning distinct areas of expertise [Panel Discussion]

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee

Featured Speakers

Christopher Voigt

Prof. 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. He continued his postdoctoral research in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His academic career commenced as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of California-San Francisco. Chris Voigt joined the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT as Associate Professor in 2011.

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Wenyuan Shi

Dr. Wenyuan Shi was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the Forsyth Insitute on September 1, 2017. Before his appointment, Shi was a chairman and professor of Oral Biology at UCLA Schools of Dentistry. Shi's laboratory has been usingmultidisciplinary approaches to study oral microbial pathogenesis with a specific focus on microbial biofilm, inter-species interaction and signal transduction. In addition, Shi's laboratory is actively involved in the development of next generation diagnostic and therapeutic tools against oral microbial infections, including...Read more

Wendy Garrett

Wendy Garrett is a Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard, co-director of the Harvard Chan Center for the Microbiome in Public Health, co-director of the Graduate Program in Immunology at Harvard, and a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Garret's research focuses on the interplay between the gastrointestinal immune system and the gut microbiota in health, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer. Dr. Garrett has identified both specific species, pathways, and metabolites produced by the microbiota that influence...Read more