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Synthetic Biology: At the Crossroads of Genetic Engineering and Human Therapeutics

May 3-4, 2021 | 10:00AM EDT | 2:00PM UTC | 4:00PM CEST*
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Synthetic Biology tools and principles have matured tremendously over the last decade and have reached extraordinary levels of sophistication, both in eukaryotic and prokaryotic systems. Synthetic biology as a therapeutic modality is starting to enter multiple clinical studies and has the potential to have a significant impact on medicine across a wide range of diseases (e.g., metabolic, immune-mediated, cancer, and neurologic diseases). This Keystone Symposia conference will delve into the field of synthetic biology with a special emphasis on its applications to medicine. While there are conferences that capture synthetic biology in only a few talks mixed in among other various topics, there is a paucity of conferences focused on synthetic biology as drugs to treat disease.

However, due to the rapid pace of fundamental scientific advances along with an expanding number of biotechnology companies and emerging clinical studies with synthetic biology at their core, this conference will be highly relevant for a wide audience of scientists both from academia and industry. In addition, other meetings in this field have a highly technology-driven focus on synthetic biology techniques with relatively little attention given to biological and medical context. Ultimately, this Keystone Symposia conference should inspire researchers from diverse backgrounds to discuss synthetic biology via many new angles.

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: Passed
‣ For ePoster Presentation: Passed
Final ePoster / SciTalk Submission: Passed
Financial Aid Application: Passed

*Abstract submission is required in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


Program Details

Keynote Speaker

Martin Fussenegger

Martin Fussenegger
ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Speaking at this eSymposia

Matthew Chang

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Yvonne Y. Chen

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Virginia W. Cornish

Columbia University, USA

Luis Ángel Fernández

National Center of Biotechnology - CSIC, Spain

Martin Fussenegger

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Roger Geiger

Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Switzerland

Jeff Hasty

University of California, San Diego, USA

David Hava

Synlogic, Inc., USA

Howard L. Kaufman

Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Samira Kiani

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

Gary K. Lee

Senti Biosciences, USA

Joshua N. Leonard

Northwestern University, USA

Cammie Lesser

Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Jose M. Lora

enGene, Inc, USA

Timothy K. Lu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Francisco J. Quintana

Harvard Medical School, USA

Owen J. L. Rackham

Duke-NUS, Singapore

Kole T. Roybal

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Zhen Xie

Tsinghua University, China





Additional Support




Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13EB029305 - 01 from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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