Program

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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

Networking

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

Networking

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

 

Keynote Speakers

Ron Weiss

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Foundation and Therapeutic Applications

Alison Smith

Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

Redesigning the Chlamydomonas chloroplast genome

Matias Zurbriggen

Institute of Synthetic Biology and CEPLAS, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany

Engineering photoreceptors into optogenetic tools for the control and understanding of cellular processes in microbial, animal and plant systems

Plenary Speakers

David Babson

Program Director; Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

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

Daniel Ducat

Michigan State University - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory

PhotoSynthetic: Using synthetic biology for 'bottom up' interrogation of cyanobacterial metabolism

Amy Marshall-Colon

Associate professor University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Plant Biology

Integrative Modeling and Visualization for the Development of in Silico Crops

Zoran Nikoloski

Systems Biology and Mathematical Modeling, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Just how challenging is it to engineer plant respiration?

Patrick Shih

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

Redesigning plant metabolism with synthetic biology

Anna Stepanova

Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Tailoring hormone responses in plants via synthetic signal integration devices