Keystone Symposia: Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology 2015

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  • The Keystone Symposia is kindly inviting you to participate in the 2015 Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology Meeting which will be held on January 11 – 16, 2015 in Big Sky, Montana, USA at the Big Sky Resort.

    Meeting Summary

    The fields of precision genome engineering and synthetic biology are undergoing a scientific revolution. Building on the rich resource of published genome sequences from a range of organisms (including humans), new enzymatic tools for the purposeful and precise modification of these genomes in vivo are enabling researchers to interrogate the complexity of genetic variation and determine the cause or consequence of mutations with unprecedented speed. Together with rapidly developing tools in synthetic biology, it is now possible to introduce mutations to evaluate gene function, generate models of human genetic disease, perform gene correction, chromosomally integrate synthetic gene networks that perform complex regulatory functions, and redesign genome structure or build whole genomes from scratch.

    This conference will bring together scientists who are:

    • developing tools for precision genome engineering;
    • using those tools for specific purposes in a wide range of organisms, including humans;
    • engineering cells with novel pathways and properties;
    • creating whole synthetic genomes with prospects for wholesale reengineering.

    This meeting will attract world experts in the development and application of synthetic biology and gene engineering – two fields that could benefit directly from the exchange of ideas, methods, problems and solutions to a new era of investigational biology. In addition, the meeting will provide an outstanding forum for students, postdoctoral fellows, and senior investigators who envision careers in genome and pathway design.

    Agenda and Speakers

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    • “CRISPR-​Cas Systems: From Bacterial Immunity to Genome Editing Machines”Rodolphe Barrangou, North Carolina State University, USA
    • “Editing and Control at Whole-​Genome Scale: The Challenge”Feng Zhang, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, USA, Jennifer A. Doudna – HHMI/​University of California, Berkeley, USA and J. Keith Joung – Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
    • Workshop: “From Target to Result: Building, Validating and Measuring your Genome Editing Outcome“
    • “Design Principles and Practice of Basic Parts to Large Scale Circuits”Domitilla Del Vecchio, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA – Christopher Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA – Adam P. Arkin, University of California Berkeley, USA

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    • “Beyond On-​and-​Off: Analog Circuits, Non-​Transcriptional Regulation”Timothy K. Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA – Christina D. Smolke, Stanford University, USA – Andrew D. Ellington, University of Texas at Austin, USA – Ron Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    • “Found in Translation: Disease Modeling in Cells and Animals”Jennifer E. Phillips-​Cremins, University of Pennsylvania, USA – Howard J. Jacob, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA – Jacquin Niles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    • “The Genome-​Edited Cell as a Window onto Biological Mechanism”Dana Carroll, University of Utah School of Medicine, USA – Maria Jasin, Memorial Sloan-​Kettering Cancer Center, USA – Dirk Hockemeyer, University of California, Berkeley, USA – Michele P. Calos, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
    • Health 2025: On the Path to the Clinic” – Martin Fussenegger, ETH Zürich, Switzerland – Bruce R. Conklin, University of California, San Francisco, USA – Paula M. Cannon, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, USA

    Wednesday, January 15, 2015

    • “Protein, Enzyme and Metabolic Engineering: ´Tools and Fuels´”John Glass, J. Craig Venter Institute, USA – David Baker, University of Washington, USA – Kristala Jones Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA – Michelle C. Chang, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    • Workshop: “BioCAD Tools: Design and Mapping to Biological Circuits“
    • “Earth 2025: The Edited Life Forms for a Better World“ – Susan Desmond-​Hellmann†, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA – June I. Medford, Colorado State University, USA – Scott C. Fahrenkrug, University of Minnesota, USA

    Scholarships

    Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including registration, air (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation and lodging costs. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

    Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.

    Application Process

    If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

    • Verify your contact information
    • Submit an abstract for the meeting to which you are applying (with paid abstract fee)
    • Have your mentor submit a letter via our website to verify your status as a student or postdoc

    Timeline

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