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Synthetic Ecology Symposium

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | McNamara Alumni Center

The Synthetic Ecology Symposium will explore development and use of self-organizing, interactive, multiple, microbial and multimolecular partners for tailored biocatalytic processes across multiple scales. Applications include the microbial production of biofuels, synthons for green technologies, and bioremediation systems.

The University of Minnesota Biocatalysis Initiative was created to focus and fund research in the areas of industrial biocatalysis and chemical biotechnology - biological processes which promise a safer and more sustainable future.

Tentative schedule:

7:45 - 8:15

Breakfast and Registration

8:15 - 8:25

Welcoming Remarks
Michael Sadowsky | Director, BTI

8:25 - 8:50

Introduction to Synthetic Ecology Project
Claudia Schmidt-Dannert | BMBB & BTI, U of MN

8:50 - 9:40

Opening Keynote Lecture
Controlling chemical communication
between microbial communities

Douglas Weibel | U of WI, Madison

9:40 - 10:05

Multiscale models for synthetic biology
Yiannis Kaznessis | CEMS & BTI, U of MN

10:05 - 10:30

Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:55

What we can learn from Microbial Ecology
Michael Travisano | Ecology & BTI, U of MN

10:55 - 11:20

Synthetic Ecology for Biodegradation
Larry Wackett | BMBB & BTI, U of MN

11:20 - 12:10

Keynote Address
Delving into the black box:
Seeing the world that microbes see

Allan Konopka | Pacific Northwest Labs (DOE)