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SUMMER SCHOOL ON INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND DIRECTED EVOLUTION

Summer School in the University of Warwick co-organized by PLASWIRES and EVOPROG consortia from FET Proactive: Evolving Living Technologies.

DATES: 1st-3rd of July, 2015

The aim of this Summer School was to deliver a set of lectures and tutorials that will endow the participants with sufficient knowledge to develop experimental designs integrating modelling, genetic circuits and customised labware for Synthetic Biology and Directed Evolution.

The Summer School will also present to the wider community the partners, developments and vision of the EVOPROG and PLASWIRES consortia, with the prospect of generating an open discussion and develop collaborations on the core subjects presented. The Summer School took place at the School of Life Sciences of the University of Warwick between the 1st and 3rd of July of 2015, with open and free registration and attendance.

Speakers of the SUMMER SCHOOL ON INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES FOR SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND DIRECTED EVOLUTION include: 

Victor de Lorenzo (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain):TBC

Alfonso Jaramillo (University of Warwick, UK)

Mark Isalan (Imperial College London, UK)

Alfonso Rodríguez-Patón (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Vishwesh Kulkarni (University of Warwick, UK)

Soichiro Tsuda (University of Glasgow, UK)

Pakpoom Subsoontorn (University of Cambridge, UK)

Rocio Lopez (Institut Pasteur, France)

Michal Legiewicz (University of Warwick, UK)

John Duncan  (University of Warwick, UK)

Andreas Broedel (Imperial College London, UK)

Manish Kushwaha (University of Warwick, UK)

- Antonia Sagona (University of Warwick, UK)


Programme

The scientific programme focused on the skills existing within the EVOPROG and PLASWIRES consortia and included some speakers from the University of Warwick.

Table 1 includes the detailed programme.

 

Table 1 – Summer School Programme

 

Day 1 - Wednesday

9am – 9.30am

Welcome and Introduction to the Summer School

9.30am - 1pm

Session 1 (Coffee break 11.00am to 11.15am)

 

"Simulating multicellular genetic circuits with an individual-based model: new features in GRO simulator."

Dr Alfonso Rodríguez-Patón (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

"Diversity Generating Retroelements"

Dr Michal Legiewicz (University of Warwick, UK)

"Synthesizing Programmable Biomolecular Circuits"

Dr Vishwesh Kulkarni (University of Warwick, UK)

1pm – 2pm

Lunch

2pm - 5.30pm

Session 2 (Coffee break 3.30pm to 3.45pm)

 

"Computational modeling of multicellular bacterial populations"

Dr Alfonso Rodríguez-Patón (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

Dr John Duncan (University of Warwick, UK)

Mr Pakpoom Subsoontorn (University of Cambridge, UK)

Mr Martin Gutierrez (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

 

Day 2 - Thursday

9am - 1pm

Session 3 (Coffee break 11.00am to 11.15am)

 

"New tools for gene evolution in vivo"

Dr Yamal González (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain)

 

"RNA technologies to engineer gene circuits in bacteria"

 

Prof Alfonso Jaramillo (University of Warwick, UK)

"Engineering synthetic patterns inspired by development"

Dr Mark Isalan (Imperial College London, UK)

1pm – 2pm

Lunch

2pm - 5.30pm

Session 4 (Coffee break 3.30pm to 3.45pm)

 

"Phage production and analysis of the titer"

Dr Andreas Broedel (Imperial College London, UK)

Dr Yamal González (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain)

Dr Antonia Sagona (University of Warwick, UK)  

 

Day 3 - Friday

9am - 10.45am

Session 5

 

"Synthetic biology in Cyanobacteria"

Dr Rocio Lopez (Institut Pasteur, France)

"Designing Portable Gene Expression for Cross-species Application"

Dr Manish Kushwaha (University of Warwick, UK)

10.45am - 11am

Coffee break

11am - 3.30pm

Session 6 (Lunch 1pm to 2pm)

 

"Creation of reproducible custom components for the lab"

Dr Rui Rodrigues (University of Warwick, UK)

Dr Soichiro Tsuda (University of Glasgow, UK)

Mr Ismael Garcia (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)

3.30pm – 4pm

Final notes on the Summer School

 

  1. 2.    Announcements

The event was made known to the community through the website http://summerschool2015.evoprog.eu/, announcement in the EVOPROG and PLASWIRES project websites and mailing lists of the participating institutions.

  1. 3.    Attendance

The total number of registered participants (excluding those in a teaching capacity) was of 13, with the majority of those involved in teaching practical sessions taking part as students in other sessions, as well as some of the speakers.

During the talks the seminar room was near capacity (30 people) as with few exceptions all those involved in the school in some capacity were in attendance.

  1. 4.    Evening events

Two buffet dinners were organized and attended by members of the consortia. These events created an opportunity for networking between those participating, and allowed for a number of discussions around the subjects of the summer school to take place.

Pictures of the event

 

 

 

 



 

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