Synthetic Biology UK 2017

The UK is a world leader in science and engineering, and Synthetic Biology has been identified as an important area for our continued success. Key to that success is a cohesive, vibrant and multidisciplinary community, open to collaboration, open to advances, supportive of young talent, and driven to exceptional research with meaningful outcomes.

The SynBio UK conference aimed to showcase UK Synthetic Biology research and created a focal point for the community, embracing its diversity and fostering its growth and its engagement with society.

Held in the vibrant city of Manchester, where scientists first split the atom, the Manchester SynBio Centre, SYNBIOCHEM, specialises in synthetic biology for fine and speciality chemicals production, providing some focus towards chemicals and industrial biotechnology at this year’s meeting.

Monday 27 November

12:00 – 12:30 – Registration and Lunch
12:30 – 13:00 – Introduction session
(S001) Menthol in Everyday Life: A Sensory Approach to Engaging Publics
Andrew BalmerUniversity of Manchester, United Kingdom
(OC005) Risk perception of synthetic biology: the role of cognitive biases
Lauren SwineyUniversity of Warwick
13:00 – 14:40 – Session one: Design
Jens NielsenChalmers University of Technology, Sweden
13:30 – 13:40 (OC008) Pushing the boundaries of protein design: modularity and automation
Fabio ParmeggianiUniversity of Bristol, United Kingdom
13:40 – 13:55 (OC003) RISC-based logic
Ali GhareebNewcastle University, United Kingdom
13:55 – 14:05 (OC006) Smart Minimal Gene Sets using Whole Cell Models
Joshua ReesUniversity of Bristol, United Kingdom
14:05 – 14:15 (OC018) Do we need to loosen the hold of the ELSI paradigm in synthetic biology?
Kenneth TaylorPeals Research Centre, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
14:15 – 14:40 (S003) Standard enabled workflows for design, build and test in synthetic biology
Anil WipatNewcastle University
14:40 – 15:10 – Refreshment break
15:10 – 16:45 – Session two: Build
15:10 – 15:35 (S004) Synthetic Biology: A New Engine for the Third Wave of Biotechnology
Huimin ZhaoUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
15:35 – 15:45 (OC002) Construction of a library of synthetic DNA parts for metabolic optimisation in Cupriavidus necator using a Beckman Coulter robotic platform
Magdalena JonczykUniversity of Nottingham, United Kingdom
15:45 – 15:55 (OC024) Neochromosomes – a synthetic biology way to answer biological questions
Daniel SchindlerManchester Institute of Biotechnology, United Kingdom
15:55 – 16:00 (OC021) Supporting SynBio through Efficient Tools
Axel TrefzerThermo Fisher Scientific GENEART GmbH
16:00 – 16:10 (OC022) A systematic approach to design regulated synthetic promoters with tuneable outputs for plastic up-cycling in Pseudomonas putida KT2440
Manuel SalvadorUniversity of Surrey, United Kingdom
16:10 – 16:20 (OC010) DualUTR – A novel 5′-untranslated region design for synthetic biology applications
Rahmi LaleNorwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
16:20 – 16:25 (OC012) Design, build and validation of Isogenica’s fully synthetic human Fab library
John KendallIsogenica, United Kingdom
16:25 – 16:35 (OC007) Identification and exploration of functional plasticity regions in plant monoterpene synthases for synthetic biology applications
Nicole LeferinkSYNBIOCHEM, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, United Kingdom
16:35 – 16:45 (OC014) miRNA-mediated regulation of synthetic gene circuits in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
16:45 – 17:15 –  Flash poster presentations: ODD
17:15 – 18:30 – Poster session 1: ODD
19:30 – 21:00 – Conference dinner

Tuesday 28 November

09:00 – 10:15 – Session two contd: Build
(S005) Reprogramming the Genetic Code
Jason ChinMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
(OC004) Synthetic Biology: Technologies towards Production of Living DNA Nanostructures in Cells
Johann ElbazTel Aviv University, Israel
(OC013) Design Build Test Learn, Repeat: Collaborative Hardware Development for Synthetic Biology
Harry SingerSinger Instruments
(OC009) Deep refactoring of central carbon metabolism in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida
Alberto Sánchez-PascualaNational Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), CSIC, Spain
(S007) Mass Spectrometry Approaches for Synthetic Biology Analytics – How much do you want to know?
Perdita BarranUniversity of Manchester, United Kingdom
10:15 – 10:45 – Refreshment break
10:45 – 11:40 – Session three: Test
(S006) Coordination of Microbial Metabolism
Uwe SauerETH Zurich, Switzerland
(OC001) Monitering of population dynamics of Escherichia coli Mutants during Long-Term Stationary Phase by the Bar-code deletion library.
Hirotada MoriNara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
(OC017) Deinococcus geothermalis genome scale studies to  engineer heterologous metabolic pathways
Julie Zaworskiinstitute of Systems and Synthetic Biology, France
(OC020) Yarrowia lipolytica as a synthetic biology chassis for the production of lipid-derived compounds
Rodrigo Ledesma-AmaroImperial College London, United Kingdom
11:40 – 12:10 – Flash poster session: EVEN
12:10 – 13:15 – Lunch and Poster Session 2: EVEN
13:15 – 15:00 – Session four: Application
(S009) Synthetic biology approaches to new chemistry
Michelle ChangUniversity of California, United States
(OC023) Streptomyces Cell-Free – Transcription, Translation and Biosynthesis
Simon MooreUniversity of Kent, United Kingdom
(OC011) Improvement of transformation and creation of synthetic pathways in the anaerobic whole cell biocatalyst Clostridium pasteurianum
Alexander Grosse-HonebrinkUniversity of Nottingham, United Kingdom
(S008) Synthetic biology at Amyris: Industrial production of terpenes and more from milligrams to kilotonnes
Chris PaddonAmyris, Inc., United States
(OC019) Growing programmable functional biomaterials with engineered kombucha-inspired co-cultures
Charlie GilbertImperial College London, United Kingdom
(OC016) An automated Design/Build/Test/Learn pipeline for microbial fine chemical production.
Adrian JervisUniversity of Manchester, United Kingdom
(OC015) Private and public values in emerging science and technology: an analysis of patents in synthetic biology
Barbara RibeiroUniversity of Manchester, United Kingdom
(S010) Genetic control of mosquitoes
Luke AlpheyThe Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom
15:20 – 16:00 – Awards Lecture and meeting close
(S011) From its origins to the modern metabolic network
Markus RalserThe Francis Crick Institute


Nov 27 2017 - Nov 28 2017


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