Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 21 - 23 Jun 2015
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Conference Programme

Day 1 - Sunday 21 June 2015
12:30-14:00 Registration with light refreshments
14:00-14:15 Opening remarks

Session 1: Genome editing
Chair: Verena Siewers

14:15-14:45 Transposons as container-docking systems
Orsolya Barabas, EMBL Heidelberg
14:45-15:15 Genome Editing with Targetable Nucleases
Dana Carroll, University of Utah
15:15-15:45 Development and Reprogramming of Neuronal Diversity in the Neocortex
Paola Arlotta, Harvard University
15:45-16:30 Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
16:30-17:00 Harnessing transposon technology for cell and gene therapy of kidney disease
Matthew H. Wilson, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
17:00-17:15 Selected talk: Lauren Pickens
17:15-17:30 Selected talk: Jorg Bungert
17:30-17:45 Coffee Break
Keynote Session
Chair: Jens Nielsen
17:45-18:45 Metabolic Prostheses – Synthetic Biology-Inspired Treatment Strategies For Metabolic Disorders
Martin Fussenegger, ETH Zurich
18:45-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:30 Welcome Reception in Rooftop Lounge and Poster Preview Session
Day 2 - Monday 22 June 2015

Session 2: Modeling and computer-aided design
Chair: Mike Betenbaugh

09:00-09:30 Massively Parallel Combinatorial Genetics in Human Cells
Timothy K. Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
09:30-10:00 Embedding regulatory networks in a growing cell
Edda Klipp, Humboldt University Berlin
10:00-10:30 Improved in silico strain design by a combined approach to simulation and optimization
Isabel Rocha, University of Minho
10:30-11:15 Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
11:15-11:45 Developing Synthetic Microbial Communities Using Metabolic Modeling and Metabolomics
Kiran Raosaheb Patil, EMBL Heidelberg
11:45-12:00 Selected talk: Pernette Verschure
12:00-12:15 Selected talk: Joao Cardoso


Session 3: Bio-bricks and synthetic circuits
Chair: Martin Fussenegger

Genomic Engineering using Transposable Elements in Vertebrates
Zsuzsanna Izsvak, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

14:00-14:30 Development of metabolite biosensors for yeast metabolic engineering
Verena Siewers, Chalmers University of Technology
14:30-14:45 Selected talk: Oliver Rackham
14:45-15:00 Selected talk: Mart Loog
15:00-15:45 Coffee break & Meet the Speakers

Session 4: Systems biology
Chair: Jens Nielsen

15:45-16:15 Probing protein structural changes in health and disease
Paola Picotti, ETH Zurich
16:15-16:45 Whole-cell model of M. pneumoniae and cell engineering
Luis Serrano, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
16:45-17:00 Selected talk: Sai Reddy
17:00-17:15 Selected talk: Guillaume Cambray
17:15-17:30 Selected talk: Itay Budin
17:30-17:45 Flash talks (1 slide / 2 min per poster): Poster numbers: 41,65,77,79,85
17:45-19:30 Poster Session I (odd poster numbers)
19:30-00:00 Banquet Dinner and Party
Day 3 - Tuesday 23 June 2015

Session 5: Synthetic cells
Chair: Anne-Claude Gavin

09:00-09:30 Cell-cell heterogeneity emerges as a consequence of metabolic cooperation in a synthetic yeast community
Markus Ralser, University of Cambridge
09:30-10:00 Technology platforms to support the next generation of Synthetic Biology solutions
Vivek K. Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
10:00-10:15 Selected talk: Thomas Ellis
10:15-10:30 Selected talk: Simon Elsässer
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:15 A synthetic biology-based approach towards cell division
Petra Schwille, MPI of Biochemistry
11:15-11:30 Flash talks (1 slide / 2 min per poster) Poster numbers: 38,48,72,78,84
11:30-13:00 Poster Session II (even poster numbers)
13:00-14:15 Lunch
Session 6: Metabolic engineering and industrial applications
Chair: Kiran Patil
14:15-14:45 Christina D. Smolke, Stanford University
14:45-15:15 Engineering microbial metabolism for production of chemicals
Jay D. Keasling, University of California, Berkeley
15:15-15:45 Engineering Mammalian Cell Factories for Improved Production of Biopharmaceuticals
Michael J. Betenbaugh, Johns Hopkins University
15:45-16:30 Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
16:30-17:00 Impact of Synthetic Biology on Metabolic Engineering of Yeast
Jens Nielsen, Chalmers University of Technology              
17:00-17:15 Selected talk: Leonie Boender
17:15-17:30 Selected talk: Jens Krömer
17:30-18:00 Metabolic Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Chemicals Production
Irina Borodina, Technical University of Denmark
18:00-18:15 Closing remarks & poster prize giving