Meetings & Courses

Synthetic Biology

Suzhou, China 
November 28 – December 2, 2016

Abstract Deadline: October 16, 2016

Conference Agenda

Organized by:

George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University, China

Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea

Eriko Takano, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Lingchong You, Duke University, USA

We are pleased to announce  Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Synthetic Biology which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday November 28, and will conclude after lunch on December 2, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in synthetic biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Prokaryotic Genome Engineering
2. Genome Engineering of Eukaryotic Systems
3. Designing Cellular Circuits
4. Metabolic Engineering for Chemicals, Fuels and Materials
5. Emerging tools of Synthetic Biology

Keynote Speakers:
Victor de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia, SPAIN
Abstract title: The Cell Factory: from analogy to methodology
Lingchong You, Duke University, USA
Abstract title: Programming bacteria in time and space

Invited Speakers:
Gabor Balazsi, Stony Brook University, USA
Abstract title: Synthetic biology of eukaryotic cellular evolution
Matthew Bennett, Rice University, USA
Abstract title: Regulatory networks in synthetic microbial consortia
Yizhi Patrick Cai, University of Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Synthetic Genomics: from genetic parts to genomes
Matthew Chang, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: Reprogramming biological functionalities for autonomous cell factories and therapeutics
George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Halomonas spp as a New Chassis for Synthetic Biology
Junbiao Dai, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Assembly, Characterization and Application of the Yeast Synthetic Chromosome XII
Charles Gersbach, Duke University, USA
Abstract title: Genome and Epigenome Editing for Gene Therapy and Programming Cell Fate
Ji-Sook Hahn, Seoul National University, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title: Metabolic Engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for Efficient Production of Pyruvate-Derived Metabolites
Ki Jun Jeong, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title: Synthetic biology platform for engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum
Xiangzhao Mao,
Ocean University of China, CHINA
Abstract title: Comprehensive utilization of red macroalgae with biocatalysis and metabolic engineering
Hao Song, Tianjin University, CHINA
Abstract title: Engineering electron transfer pathways of exoelectrogens via synthetic biology strategies
Beatrix Suess, Technische Universität Darmstadt, GERMANY
Jeffrey Tabor, Rice University, USA
Abstract title: Modularly rewiring DNA binding domains of bacterial two-component system response regulator proteins
Eriko Takano, University of Manchester, UK
Abstract title: Harnessing synthetic biology for the production of high-value chemicals
Cheemeng Tan, University of California, Davis, USA
Abstract title: Engineering programmable, dynamic materials using bio-inspired communication
Martin Warren, University of Kent, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Engineering scaffolds and compartments in E. coli
Rikiya Watanabe, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title: Artificial cell-membrane microsystems for highly sensitive analysis of membrane proteins
Leor Weinberger, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Xiaoxia Xia, Shanghai Jiaotong University, CHINA
Abstract title: Protein-based biomaterials: from biomimicry to synthetic biology
Zhen Xie, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Integration and exchange of split-dCas9 domains for transcriptional controls in mammalian cells
Xueli Zhang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CHINA
Abstract title: Metabolic engineering for chemicals production by solving reducing equivalent problems
Hui Zhou, Ginkgo Bioworks, USA
Abstract title: The Emerging Organism Engineering Industry

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in November, 2016.

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October 31, 2016

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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