2019 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED)

June 23-27, 2019

SEED 2019 will focus on advances in science, technology, applications, and related investments in the field of synthetic biology. 

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  1. Molecular Control, Programming and Recording
  2. The Materials Science/Synthetic Biology Interface
  3. Evolution for and within Synthetic Biology
  4. Emerging Technologies and Fronteirs
  5. Cell Free Synthetic Biology
  6. Advances in Mammalian and Plant Synthetic Biology
  7. Sensing and Signaling within Multicellular Synthetic Biology
  8. Emerging Applications and Frontiers

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Steering Committee:

  • Michael Jewett, Northwestern University
  • Richard Murray, California Institute of Technology
  • Chris Voigt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Featured Speakers

Jef Boeke

Dr. Boeke is known for his foundational work on mechanistic and genomic aspects of retrotransposition. His lab develops new technologies in genetics, genomics and synthetic biology.Read more

June Medford

June Medford is a Professor of Biology at Colorado State University where she has been a faculty member since 1996. She completed her Ph.D. in 1986 at Yale University and did her postdoc with Monsanto’s Plant Molecular Biology Group.Read more

Reshma Shetty

Reshma Shetty co-founded synthetic biology Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc. in 2008. Spun out of MIT, Ginkgo’s mission is to make biology easier to engineer.Read more

Jack W. Szostak

Dr. Szostak is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, and the Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator in the Dept. of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Szostak’s early research on telomere structure and function, and the role of telomere maintenance in preventing cellular senescence was recognized by the 2006 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award and the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In the 1990s Dr. Szostak and his colleagues developed in vitro selection as a tool for the isolation of functional RNA, DNA and protein molecules from large pools of random sequences. Dr. Szostak’s current research interests are in the laboratory synthesis of self-replicating systems and the origin of life.Read more