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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

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 Stack 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


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


Synthetic Biology Toolkit for Metabolic Engineering in the Chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii - Pawel Mordaka, PhD


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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