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Synthetic Biology

Michael Jewett

Cell-Free Design

Michael Jewett is the director of the Center for Synthetic Biology at Northwestern University. He is also an Institute Fellow at the Northwestern Argonne Institute for Science & Engineering.  Dr. Jewett is the recipient of the  Camille-Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2015, the ACS Biochemical Technologies Division Young Investigator Award in 2017, and the Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award in 2018, among many others. Speaking on re-conceptualizing the way we engineer complex biological systems for compelling applications in medicine, materials, and energy by transforming biochemical engineering with synthetic biology.


Stephen Long
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Photosynthesis Re-Design

Stephen Long heads RIPE (Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency), an international project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the crops that feed many of the poorest in the world. A Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2013, Dr. Long has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher in the field of plant and animal science every year since 2005. He has given briefings on food security and bioenergy to the U.S. president, the Vatican, and to Bill Gates. Speaking on the discovery of a way to engineer photosynthesis that resulted in a 20% increase in crop productivity.


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Alexander Mankin
University of Illinois at Chicago

Novel Ribosomal Constructs for Synthetic Biology Applications

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Rama Ranganathan
University of Chicago

Talk Title

Rama Ranganathan leads the University of Chicago’s Center for Physics of Evolving Systems, is director of BioCARS beamline at Argonne National Laboratory, and is the recipient of a 2016 Transformative Research Award from the NIH Common Fund. Speaking on the evolutionary design of proteins as a platform for novel protein discovery.


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