iGEM Symposium Day on Synthetic Biology, Cell Systems and Ethics in Biochemistry
07.09.2015 10:00 – 19:00
KU Leuven Campus Arenberg, Celestijnenlaan 200A (Computer Science) aula 00.225, Heverlee, Belgium
|9:00-10:00||Welcome tea/coffee, registration|
|Morning block||10:00-10:10||Welcome words|
|10:10-10:35||Home speaker: Vera van Noort, Centrum for Microbial and Plant Genetics|
|10:35-11:35||Keynote speaker: Victor Dillard, Chief Operating Officer & Founder, Desktop Genetics|
|11:35-12:00||iGEM topics, presentation from the participating iGEM Teams and the KU Leuven Team|
|12:05-13:00||Lunch Break, networking|
|Afternoon block||13:00-14:00||Keynote speaker: Sebastian Maerkl - École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, The Laboratory of Biological Network Characterization (LBNC)|
|14:00-14:25||Home speaker: Yves Peeters, Laboratory of Biochemistry: Molecular and Structural Biology|
|14:25-15:30||iGEM topics, presentations from the participating iGEM Teams and the KU Leuven Team|
|Evening block||16:00-17:00||A debate with the speakers, professors and iGEM supervisors on the ethics in synthetic biology|
|17:10-??:??||A reception/dinner prepared by the KU Leuven iGEM Team|
Sebastian Maerkl's lab conducts research at the interface of engineering and biology and is active in the areas of systems biology, synthetic biology and molecular diagnostics. They are driven by the desire to learn how to rationally design and engineer biological systems. Sebastian Maerkl’s research aims to develop new microfluidic technologies and apply them to solve biological problems. His rare expertise allows him to combine the design of new tools with advanced research in biology. Sebastian Maerkl is internationally recognized for his many outstanding contributions. Particularly in combining synthetic biology and computational systems with microfluidics, he demonstrated that the expression of genes in vivo can be provided based on the binding energy profiles in vitro. His studies will focus on five areas: the bioengineering of biosystems, the engineering of transcriptional regulatory networks, the engineering of genes and genomes, the engineering of biological systems de novo and the development of a new generation of diagnostic devices.
Victor obtained his masters in chemical engineering with honours at Imperial College London before completing a specialist biotechnology and business masters with distinction at the University of Cambridge. Since graduating, Victor founded Desktop Genetics with a vision to change modern biotech R&D and enable rapid and accurate end-to-end genome engineering experiments through their proprietary software platform. Within two years of founding Desktop Genetics, Victor has raised over $600,000 of private equity and grant financing, and delivered over $400,000 of revenue. Today, Victor heads the company's business development and operations and is leading the product and technology expansion into CRISPR and genome editing.
Professor at KU Leuven, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, scientist, computational biology, data mining
After completing his master thesis at KU Leuven, Yves obtained an IWT fellowship for his PhD work in the field of synthetic biology. His primary interest goes to DNA polymerases and their modifications towards creation of artificial nucleic acids.
PARTICIPATING iGEM TEAMS
DRINKS AND FOOD
Beverages, lunch sandwiches and dinner-reception will be provided for all the participants free of charge.