Synthetic Biology

Suzhou, China
December 1-5, 2014
Abstract Deadline extended to: October 12, 2014

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Organized by:
George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Michael Jewett, Northwestern University, USA
Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Hiroki Ueda, RIKEN Kobe Institute, Japan


We are pleased to announce the 3rd 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 December 1, and will conclude after lunch on December 5, 2014.

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.

The 3rd Cold Spring Harbor-Asia meeting on Synthetic Biology will cover recent exciting developments in synthetic biology research around the world covering novel genome engineering tools and strategies for both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. One of the core synthetic biology themes, designing cellular circuits, will also be covered. This meeting will also cover recent advances in metabolic engineering, which upon integration with synthetic biology, is playing increasingly important roles in moving towards bio-based economy through the establishment of bioprocesses for the sustainable production of chemicals, fuels and materials from renewable non-food biomass. More exciting emerging tools and techniques of synthetic biology will also be covered. This will be a must-attend meeting for those who would like to catch up with the recent breakthroughs in synthetic biology.

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:
Christopher Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title:Programming cells as a placeholder

Xian’en Zhang, Ministry of Science & Technology, China
Abstract title:Synthetic Biology: China's Perspective

Invited Speakers:
Michelle Chang, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title:Synthetic biology approaches to new fluorine chemistry
Byung-Kwan Cho, KAIST, Korea
Abstract title:Design and evolution of minimal genome for the synthetic biology applications
Cynthia Collins, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Abstract title:Communication and collaboration in synthetic microbial consortia
George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University, China
Abstract title:Engineering Bacterial Shapes for Enhanced Production of Inclusion Bodies
Ben Davis, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title:Sugars & proteins: towards a synthetic biology
Karmella Haynes, Arizona State University, USA
Abstract title:Foundations for the Engineering of Human Chromatin
Farren Isaacs, Yale University, USA
Abstract title:Genomically Recoded Organisms Expand Biological Functions
Michael Jewett, Northwestern University, USA
Abstract title:Engineering designer translation systems for materials and medicine
Younghoon Lee, KAIST, South Korea
Abstract title:RNA recognition and discrimination by sRNAs and their application to gene silencing in Escherichia coli
Pyung Cheon Lee, Ajou University , Korea
Abstract title:Application of synthetic biology for discovering of a missing step in Staphylococcal staphyloxanthin biosynthetic pathway in Escherichia coli
Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Abstract title:Systems Metabolic Engineering of Microorganisms
Zhanglin Lin, Tsinghua University, China
Abstract title:Construction of Synthetic Acid Tolerance Modules
Tiangang Liu, Wuhan University, China
Abstract title:In vitro Reconstitution Guide for Targeted Engineering
Chunbo Lou, Institute of Microbiology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Toward a modular life: insulate promoter and its operators
Timothy Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title:Biofabricating Multiscale Materials
June Medford, Colorado State University, USA
Abstract title:Plant synthetic biology
Milan Mrksich, Northwestern University, USA
Abstract title:High throughput assays of enzyme activity for synthetic biology
Vincent Noireaux, University of Minnesota, USA
Abstract title:Synthetic biology with a cell-free TX-TL system: gene circuits, phage synthesis and artificial cell.
Sunghoon Park, Pusan National University, Korea
Abstract title:Metabolic Engineering of microorganisms for the production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid from glycerol
Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Abstract title:Unraveling principles of gene regulation using thousands of designed regulatory sequences
Hiroaki Suga, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Abstract title:In vitro synthetic biology of the ribosome and genetic code: From basic science to applied research
Eriko Takano, University of Manchester , UK
Abstract title:Towards Biotechnology 2.0: Synthetic Biology of Bioactive Molecules
Hiroki Ueda, RIKEN Kobe Institute, Japan
Abstract title:Towards Organisms-level Systems and Synthetic Biology
Lixin Zhang, Institute of Microbiology, China
Abstract title:Interrogation of Streptomyces avermitilis for an efficient production of avermectins
Fuzhong Zhang, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Abstract title:Design of Synthetic Control Systems for the Production of Chemicals and Advanced Biofuels
Huimin Zhao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Abstract title:Expanding the Boundaries of Synthetic Biology
Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University, USA
Abstract title:Truth and Consequences: Reflections on Ethical Issues in Synthetic BiologyLr

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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in December 2014.

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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 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.

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

4. 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.

5. 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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