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Worldwide Summit

July 19–23


a global audience


a global audience


FROM a global audience

TO a global audience

Sign on and get a ringside seat to some of the world’s best plant science research– facilitated by cutting-edge technologies which expand the traditional limits of communication, collaboration, and networking–and now available to the plant science community all over the world.  Following on from the huge success of last year’s Plant Biology 2020 conference, which welcomed attendees from 56 countries, our theme from 2021 is FROM a global audience TO a global audience and that international perspective will be reflected throughout the program.

We can’t wait for you to join us in July.

What will you find at the Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit?

The Plant Biology Annual meeting is brought to you by the Program Committee of ASPB, the American Society of Plant Biologists. Here’s just a sample of what you’ll find here.

World renowned speakers – The program will provide a rich mix of scientific content from all over the world in plenary talks and concurrent symposia.

Virtual posters – The online environment provides the opportunity for poster presenters to expand the content of their posters with video and other enhanced features, while continuing to network via live chat.

Professional development and other topical workshops providing participatory experiences facilitated by many plant scientists from our community.

A content-rich exhibitor showcase – To help you find the tools and technologies you need for your research while visiting with vendors in real-time.

Group Networking and social activities – A variety of structured and ad hoc opportunities for small-group networking, group discussions and fun ways to connect with fellow scientists at all career levels.

One-on-one networking.  After you register, please fill out your online profile as you’ll see several ways to find others in your specific field or geographic location, for example.

All of these features can be accessed through your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  Find answers to any technical questions here [COMING SOON!].

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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sponsor Session(s)

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Plenary I

Sponsored by


Overview by Chair: Scott Lenaghan, PhD


Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Foundation and Therapeutic Applications

Keynote Speaker: Ron Weiss, PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Engineering Ag and Terrestrial Ecosystems to Optimize Carbon Drawdown and Storage - Enabling a Carbon Farming Industry with Plant Synthetic Biology

Plenary Speaker: David Babson, PhD - Program Director; Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, U.S. Department of Energy


Tailoring Hormone Responses in Plants via Synthetic Signal Integration Devices

Plenary Speaker: Anna Stepanova, PhD - Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Plenary II

Sponsored by


Overview by Chair: Arjun Khakhar, PhD
Redesigning the Chlamydomonas Chloroplast Genome

Keynote Speaker : Alison Smith, PhD - Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

PhotoSynthetic: Using Synthetic Biology for 'Bottom Up' Interrogation of Cyanobacterial Metabolism

Plenary Speaker: Daniel Ducat, PhD - Michigan State University - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory

Just How Challenging is it to Engineer Plant Respiration?

Plenary Speaker: Zoran Nikoloski, PhD - Systems Biology and Mathematical Modeling, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Platform Talks & Panel Q&A

Synthetic Biology of Montbretin-A: A Novel Anti-Diabetes and Anti-Obesity Treatment - Joerg Bohlman, PhD


Production of a Biodegradable Polyester Precursor, 2-pyrone-4,6-dicarboxylic acid, by Plant Synthetic Biology Concurrently Stacks Reduced Biomass Recalcitrance Traits for Biofuel Production - Chien-Yuan Lin, PhD


Rewiring Photosynthesis: Fusion of Photosystem I to Hydrogenase - Kevin Redding, PhD


Accelerated Discovery and Engineering of Medicinal Plant Alkaloid Biosynthetic Pathways - Ryan Nett, PhD


Development of an Episomal Plasmid-based System for Plastid Metabolic Engineering - Alessandro Occhialini, PhD


Engineering Guard Cell Specific Glucosinolate Signaling Pathway in Brassicas and other Economically Important Crops for Drought Tolerance - Mohammad Salehin, PhD

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sponsor Session(s)

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Plenary III

Sponsored by


Overview by Chair: Nicola Patron, PhD
Engineering photoreceptors into optogenetic tools for the control and understanding of cellular processes in microbial, animal and plant systems

Keynote Speaker: Matias Zurbriggen, Institute of Synthetic Biology and CEPLAS, Heinrich-Heine-Universität

Integrative Modeling and Visualization for the Development of in Silico Crops

Plenary Speaker: Amy Marshall-Colon, PhD - Associate professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Plant Biology


Redesigning Plant Metabolism with Synthetic Biology

Plenary Speaker: Patrick Shih, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Lightning Talk & Discussion

Continuous Directed Evolution of Plant Metabolic Enzymes by OrthoRep - J Donato Garcia-Garcia, PhD


Reconstitution of Stemmadenine Acetate - a High Value Monoterpene Indole Alkaloid Precursor Biosynthesis in Nicotiana benthamiana through Module-based Transient Expression - Dagny Grzech


SPA1 Interacting Proteins Regulate Photosynthesis and Light Signaling - Chang Hui-Hsien


Engineering Orthogonal Synthetic Circuits in Duckweeds - Reena Sharma, PhD


Designing Promoters for Selected Transcription Factors - Henrik Simonsen, PhD


The Consortium of Synthetic Biology at the Public University of Navarre - Esther Gonzalez, PhD

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Platform Talks & Panel Q&A

Synthetic Genetic Circuits to Modify Plant Development - Jennifer Brophy, PhD


Synthetic Promoter Designs Enabled by a Massively Parallel Characterization of Plant Cis-regulatory Elements - Tobias Jores, PhD


A Synthetic Switch Based on the Orange Carotenoid Protein to Control Blue-green Light Responses in Chloroplasts - Luca Piccinini


RNA Viral Vectors to Rapidly Elucidate the Relationship Between Gene Expression and Phenotype - Arjun Khakhar Viparinama, PhD


Combinatorial Analysis of Plant Expression Cassettes at the Whole Plant, Leaf, and Cellular Level - Alexander Pfotenhauer


Improving Yield in Oilseed Crop Canola through CRISPR-Cas9-mediated Gene Editing and Gene Manipulation - Liping Wang, PhD


Use of Plant Chloroplast RNA-binding Proteins as Orthogonal Activators of Chloroplast Transgenes in the Green Alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii - Noam Shahar


Expanding the Plant Synthetic Biology Toolkit: Constitutive and Orthogonally Repressible Promoters - Eric Yang


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