The conference will consist of three sessions.
A brief summary of the sessions:
Traditionally computer science has been inspired by biological systems, however, an alternative approach is now emerging in synthetic biology in the form of cellular computing. Biomolecular materials rather than traditional silicon based ones are being used to perform computing tasks and implement simple circuits. Applications of cellular computing are wide ranging including biosensors, diagnostics, drugs delivery and tissue engineering. In this session talks highlight how cellular computing is drawing together researchers from biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics to address some of the issues such as cellular noise, scalability and reliability in order to make these technologies a viable option for the future.
The need for production of economically viable and environmentally sound biofuels requires novel applications of scientific expertise from many different areas. The use of metabolic engineering, the process of turning living organisms into chemical reactors, has been applied to the development of the technologies needed to create biofuel producing organisms. Through utilisation of the full array of metabolic engineering tools, such as pathway engineering, global cellular engineering, and pathway/flux analysis, the production of biofuels can be greatly enhanced. The talks in this session illustrate the application of metabolic engineering principles to the design of biofuel producing strains of microorganisms.
Bacterial communication can be achieved through a process called quorum sensing. Quorum sensing is essentially a decision making process, and as such is only productive when undertaken by groups of bacteria. This process allows the bacteria to function in the form of a multicellular organism and is highly important in the coordination of gene expression. Quorum sensing can therefore provide an alternative path towards engineering microbial life. The applications of quorum sensing vary from synthetic biology to computing and robotics. In this session talks demonstrate the significance of quorum sensing in engineering microbial life in order to produce anti-microbial drugs, bioreporters and logic gates.
Ten 5-minute flash talks will be delivered by conference attendees. Speakers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts by the conference committee.
Poster sessions will be held adjacent to the lecture hall in Christ Church, in conjunction with refreshment breaks between talks. Full conference booklet, including poster abstracts will be available here prior to the meeting.
We are happy to welcome Philip Ball, science writer and past editor for the journal Nature, as our after dinner speaker at the conclusion of the gala dinner in Pembroke College on Monday.
The social programme will consist of the following:
Further information on timings, will be available here in due course.