Essex Synthetic Biology School 2-6 July, 2018 - University of Essex, UK

Synthetic biology is an emerging research and industrial field aiming at designing and engineering biological systems with specific functions. To do that, it integrates methods and technologies from biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science and mathematics to streamline the process of designing, building and testing biological systems. In the last 10 years, synthetic biology has contributed many ground breaking scientific results, including the first synthetic cell and the first synthetic chromosomes, and industrial applications, including the production of drugs and biofuels.

The Essex Synthetic Biology School (ESBS) is an intensive 5-day summer course targeting students and early career scientists interested in learning cutting edge experimental and computational methods to design and build biological systems directly from world-renowned experts, working with bacterial, yeast, plant and mammalian systems, in fields such as cancer and healthcare research, as well as industrial, agricultural and environmental synthetic biology.

The School is structured in 20 lectures and 5 laboratory sessions.

In the lab sessions, you will learn yeast Golden Gate, an efficient method to assemble transcription units in yeast. You can start reading more about it from: Yeast Golden Gate (yGG) for the Efficient Assembly of S. cerevisiae Transcription Units

You will also have the chance to present your research work to your peers during the poster session; moreover, 4 students will be invited to present a lightning talk at the school.

Jef D. Boeke
New York University
Paul Freemont
Imperial College London
Adrian Harris
University of Oxford
Ross Kettleborough
Twist Bioscience
Victor de Lorenzo
CNB Madrid
Leslie Mitchell
New York University
Nicola Patron
Earlham Institute
Toby Richardson
Synthetic Genomics Inc.
Howard Salis
Penn State University
Danielle Tullman-Ercek
Northwestern University
Ron Weiss
Important dates
  • 01/02/2018 - Regular registration opens.
  • 20/05/2018 - Abstract submission deadline.
  • 28/05/2018 - Abstract and lightning talks notification.
  • 15/06/2018 - *EXTENDED* Registration deadline *.
  • 02/07/2018 - ESBS starts.
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Boyd McKew
University of Essex
Giovanni Stracquadanio
University of Essex

Scientific Committee
Philip Mullineaux, University of Essex, UK
Leonard Schalkwyk, University of Essex, UK
Ben Miller, University of Eastern Anglia, UK
Chieh Hsu, University of Kent, UK
Organizing Committee
Angelo Gaeta, University of Essex, UK
Viola Fanfani, University of Essex, UK
Ben Gregson, University of Essex, UK