An Introduction to Opportunities in Plant Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology is a fast-growing research area both in the UK and further afield and UK policy makers and funders are taking it very seriously. In November last year, George Osborne announced a £20 million investment for Synthetic Biology and as a result Synthetic Biology is one of the few research areas in the BBSRC portfolio to receive an increase in funding. This is in addition to the numerous schemes that are already supporting Synthetic Biology (including BBSRC, EPSRC and TSB).

To make sure that UK plant researchers can make the most of these funding opportunities, GARNet is hosting a meeting to introduce the concept of Synthetic Biology and the many and varied applications of Synthetic Biology at the molecular, cell and whole plant level.

Like Systems Biology before it, Synthetic Biology can be viewed as both a tool and a scientific approach for understanding and furthering basic science and as a means of developing commercially important plant products. Synthetic Biology in plants is under-researched, but has enormous potential and it is time for UK scientists of all disciplines to explore it.

So to make sure you understand what Synthetic Biology is and how you might apply to your research area, make sure you register for An Introduction to Opportunities in Plant Synthetic Biology. Please note that registration fee covers the cost of accommodation and meals during the meeting

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Day 1

09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome and introduction

Session 1: What is synthetic biology, and what can it be used for?

10:15 Jim Haseloff (University of Cambridge) Engineering plant form

10:40 June Medford (Colorado State) Rewiring a plant and digital-like controls

11:05 TBC (BBSRC) BBSRC perspective

11:50 Belinda Clarke New frontiers in synthetic biology

Session 2: From molecules to cells and circuits

12:15 Dek Woolfson (University of Bristol) Generating and applying toolkits of de novo peptide components for synthetic biology

12:40 Lunch

13:30 Cameron Alexander (University of Nottingham) Synthetic polymers – new containers and communication materials for synthetic biology

13:55 Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow) Bottom up meets top down: From inorganic biology to synthetic biology manipulations in 3D printed wet-ware

14:20 Martin Howard (JIC) Implementation of analogue arithmetic circuitry in plants

14:45 Anne Osbourn (JIC) Synthetic gene clusters to make new molecules

15:10 Rob Edwards (University of York; FERA) Plant Synthetic Biology: a New Platform for Industrial Biotechnology?

Session 3: Plant synthetic biology

15:35 Nick Smirnoff (University of Exeter) Synthetic metabolons

16:00 Afternoon tea

16:25 Giles Oldroyd (JIC) Redesigning the symbiotic signalling pathway for rhizobial recognition

16:50 Sebastian Schornack (Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge) Targeted variation of genomes using TAL effectors

17:15 Breakout groups: What can plants do for synthetic biology?

Day 2

08:45 Tea and coffee

Session 5: Synthetic biology tools

09:00 Susan Rosser (University of Glasgow) Recombinases as tools for Synthetic Biology

09:25 George Lomonossoff (JIC) eVLPs for plant synthetic biology

09:50 Tom Ellis (Imperial College London) Assembling designer genomes

10:15 Sylvestre Marillonnet (Icon Genetics) Developing tools for synthetic biology: Golden Gate Cloning and the MoClo System

10:40 Jim Ajioka (University of Cambridge) A guide to Gibson assembly

11:05 Coffee break

11:30 Breakout sessions to discuss future community needs

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Feedback from breakout groups

14:10 Alistair Elfick (University of Edinburgh) iGEM: an Overview

14:30 Natalio Krasnogor (University of Nottingham) TBC

14:50 Jim Haseloff (University of Cambridge) Registry of DNA parts for plants

15:10 Richard Kitney (Imperial College London) Foundational Resources from cSynBi

15:30 Guy-Bart Stan (Imperial College London) Taking a forward-engineering approach to the design of synthetic biology systems

16:10 Claire Marris (Kings College London) Bioethics of synthetic biology.

21 May - 22 May 2013
united kingdom
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