2016 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED)

July 18-21, 2016

Thank you for making SEED 2016 such a success! We hope to see you at SEED 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. The chairs will be Eric Klavins, University of Washington, and Reshma Shetty, Ginkgo Bioworks.

The conference proceedings and attendee list for SEED 2016 are forthcoming.

SEED 2016 focused on advances in the science and technology emerging from the field of synthetic biology. This is broadly defined as technologies that accelerate the process of genetic engineering. The conference highlighted new tool development, as well as the application of these tools to diverse problems in biotechnology, including therapeutics, industrial chemicals and fuels, natural products, and agriculture. The theme of SEED 2016 was “designing, harnessing, and expanding the capabilities of biological systems.”

Keynote Speakers:

  • Roy Bar-Ziv, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Virginia Cornish, Columbia University
  • Alanna Schepartz, Yale University
  • Chris Voigt, MIT


  • Michael Jewett, Northwestern University
  • Emily Leproust, Twist Bioscience

Organizing Committee:

  • Matthew Wook Chang, National University of Singapore
  • Stephanie Culler, Genomatica
  • Doug Densmore, Boston University
  • Rachel Haurwitz, Caribou Biosciences
  • Karmella Haynes, Arizona State University
  • Eric Klavins, University of Washington
  • Julius Lucks, Cornell University
  • June Medford, Colorado State University
  • Richard Murray, Caltech
  • Todd Peterson, Synthetic Genomics
  • Susan Rosser, University of Edinburgh
  • Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School
  • Axel Trefzer, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Christopher Voigt, MIT
  • Peng Yin, Harvard Medical School


  • Cell-free systems 
  • Genome editing
  • Mammalian cells, systems and medicine
  • Self-sustaining systems and photosynthetic driven bioproduction
  • Biological circuits in natural and engineered systems
  • Bio-design automation
  • Engineering design meets evolution
  • Enabling technologies and platforms
  • Expanding the chemistry of living systems  

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Proceedings of the 2016 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) are now available: