Synthetic Biology Consortium Meeting Information

The 2021 Synthetic Biology Consortium Meeting is scheduled for November 4-5, 2021 and will be held virtually. The Synthetic Biology Consortium meets annually to facilitate important discussions focused on synthetic biology and cultivate a culture of synthetic biology research at the NIH. The 2021 Synthetic Biology Consortium Meeting will build upon what was started at the first annual meeting by continuing to facilitate networking and collaboration among synthetic biology investigators. Attendees can use this meeting to collaborate with each other on current topics in synthetic biology and engage with NIH program directors. Also, the 2021 meeting will focus on deploying synthetic biology technologies for medical impact by connecting researchers with staff at the FDA to discuss translating synthetic biology research into clinical settings. 

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2021 Synthetic Biology Consortium Meeting Agenda

*Please note that all agenda times and sessions are tentative and are subject to change from the meeting organizers. 

Day 1: November 4, 2021 (all times are Eastern Daylight Time)

Time

Session

11:00am - 11:15am

Welcoming Remarks

Dave Rampulla, NIBIB, Division of Discovery Science and Technology (Bioengineering)

11:15am - 12:45pm Parallel Sessions
 

Collaborative Approaches to Engineer Biology for Cancer Applications - Principal Investigators

Discussion of awarded projects and consortium connections followed by interactive Q&A session with panel speakers. 

Moderator: Michelle Berny-Lang, NCI, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives

Grant/Technical Writing Session - Trainees

Discussion of T's, K's, and F's and how these are different from other research grants followed by interactive Q&A session with panel speakers. 

Manana Sukhareva, NIBIB, Office of Scientific Review

Leslie Frieden, NIDCR, Research Training & Career Development Branch

12:45pm - 1:00 pm Break
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Synthetic Biology at the NIH: Overview

Brief presentations from NIH ICs with interest in synthetic biology.

1. NIBIB

  • Dave Rampulla, NIBIB, Division of Discovery Science and Technology (Bioengineering)

  • Tatjana Atanasijevic, NIBIB, Division of Applied Science and Technology (Bioimaging)

2. NCCIH

  • Hye-Sook Kim, NCCIH, Basic and Mechanistic Research

3. NCI

  • Jerry Li, NCI, Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch

  • Kelly Crotty, NCI, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives

4. NHGRI

  • Stephanie Morris, NHGRI, Division of Genome Sciences

5. NHLBI

  • Rahul Thakar, NHLBI, Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch

6. NIA

  • Ronald Kohanski, NIA, Division of Aging Biology

7. NIAID

  • Brigitte Sanders, NIAID, Division of AIDS

8. NICHD

  • Tuba Fehr, NICHD, Development Biology and Structural Variation Branch

9. NIGMS

  • Michelle Bond, NIGMS, Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry

10. NINDS

  • Ryan Richardson, NINDS, Office of the BRAIN Director
1:45pm - 2:00pm Break
2:00pm - 3:00pm

NIH IC "Office Hours"

Talk with Program Officers about your research, grant mechanisms, and IC missions. 

 

Day 2: November 5, 2021 (all times are Eastern Daylight Time)

Time

Session

11:00am - 11:15am

Welcoming Remarks

Michelle Berny-Lang, NCI, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives

11:15am - 12:00pm

Keynote Speakers

Tim Lu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gary Lee, Senti Biosciences

12:00pm - 12:15pm Break
12:15pm - 1:00pm

Synthetic Biology Consortium Showcase: Part I

Moderator: Nichole Daringer, Rowan University

12:15pm - 12:25pm Parijat Bhatnagar, SRI International
12:25pm - 12:35pm Joshua Leonard, Northwestern University
12:35pm - 12:45pm Tara Deans, The University of Utah
12:45pm - 1:00pm Q&A Panel 
1:00pm - 1:45pm

Synthetic Biology Consortium Showcase: Part II

Moderator: Jiahe Li, Northeastern University

1:00pm - 1:10pm Tal Danino, Columbia University 
1:10pm - 1:20pm Andrew Ellington, University of Texas at Austin
1:20pm - 1:30pm Ophelia Venturelli, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1:30pm - 1:45pm Q&A Panel
1:45pm - 2:00pm Break
2:00pm - 2:45pm

Keynote Speaker

FDA's Role in Biological Product Review and Development

Karen Elkins, FDA, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

Carolyn Yong, FDA, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

2:45pm - 3:00pm Closing Remarks

 

2019

Agenda 2019

Day 1: October 28, 2019

Time

Session

Room Assignment

8:00am - 8:40am

Registration

Lower Level Lobby

8:40am - 9:00am

Welcoming Remarks

Bruce Tromberg, NIBIB Institute Director

Room E1/E2

9:00am - 9:45am

Keynote Speaker

Challenges and Opportunities for Mammalian Synthetic Biology

Ron Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Room E1/E2

 

Part 1:

9:45am - 10:45am

 

Break:

10:45am - 11:00am

 

Part 2:

11:00am - 12:00pm

Breakout Session I

 

Embryogenesis & Morphogenesis

Room C1/C2

Moderator: Ahmad Khalil, Boston University

NIH Program Officer(s): Mahua Mukhopadhyay, (NICHD) & Tuba Fehr (NICHD)                        

 

 

Natural Products

Room E1/E2

 

Moderator: Mary Dunlop, Boston University

NIH Program Officer(s): Craig Hopp (NCCIH) 

 

 

 

 

Vaccine Development

Room G1/G2

 

Moderator: Julius Lucks, Northwestern University

NIH Program Officer(s): Brigitte Sanders (NIAID) & Karen Lacourciere (NIAID)        

 

 

 

Immunotherapy

Room F1/F2

 

Moderator: Josh Leonard,  Northwestern University

NIH Program Officer(s): Kevin Howcroft (NCI) 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please see room assignments under breakout session topic

12:00pm - 1:00pm Networking Lunch (Optional) Room A/B

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Grant/Technical Writing Session - Principal Investigators

Room E1/E2         

Presentation: Discussion of different funding mechanisms (R01s, R03s, and R21s), application process, and peer-reviewed process

Craig Giroux, NIH Scientific Review Officer

Panel Discussion: Interactive Q&A session with panel speakers

Craig Giroux, NIH Scientific Review Officer
Josh Leonard, Northwestern University
David Rampulla, NIBIB Program Director

Grant/Technical Writing Session - Trainees          

Room F1/F2                                               

Presentation: Discussion of T's, K's, and F's and how these are different from other research grants                                                                                 

Manana Sukhareva, NIBIB Director, Office of Scientific Review
Tiffani Bailey Lash, NIBIB Program Director

Panel Discussion: Interactive Q&A session with panel speakers

Manana Sukhareva, NIBIB Director, Office of Scientific Review
Tiffani Bailey Lash, NIBIB Program Director

 

 

 

*Please see room assignments under breakout session topic

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Break

Lobby

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Poster Session

Atrium

 

Day 2: October 29, 2019

Time

Session

Room Assignment

8:00am - 8:30am

Registration

Lower Level Lobby

8:30am - 8:40am

Welcoming Remarks

David Rampulla, NIBIB Program Director

Room E1/E2

 

 

Part 1:

8:40am - 9:40am

 

Break:

9:40am - 10:00am

 

Part 2:

10:00am - 11:00am

Breakout Session II

 

Embryogenesis & Morphogenesis

Room C1/C2

Moderator: Tara Deans, University of Utah

NIH Program Officer(s): Mahua Mukhopadhyay (NICHD) & Tuba Fehr (NICHD)    

 

 

 

Natural Products

Room E1/E2

 

Moderator: Mary Dunlop, Boston University

NIH Program Officer(s): Craig Hopp (NCCIH) 

 

 

Vaccine Development

Room G1/G2

 

Moderator: Julius Lucks, Northwestern University

NIH Program Officer(s): Brigitte Sanders (NIAID) & Karen Lacourciere (NIAID)    

 

 

 

Immunotherapy

Room F1/F2

 

Moderator: Josh Leonard,  Northwestern University

NIH Program Officer(s): Anthony Welch (NCI)

 

 

 

 

*Please see room assignments under breakout session topic

11:00am - 11:30am       

Break and Breakout Summary Preparation

Lobby

11:30am - 12:15pm

Breakout Readout

Room E1/E2

12:15pm - 1:15pm    

Networking Lunch (Optional)

Room A/B
1:15pm - 2:00pm

Synthetic Biology at the NIH: Overview

Brief presentations from NIH ICs with interest in Synthetic Biology

Michelle Bond, NIGMS Program Director
Craig Hopp, NCCIH Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research
Jerry Li, NCI Program Director
Mahua Mukhopadhyay, NICHD Program Officer
David Rampulla, NIBIB Program Director
Brigitte Sanders, NIAID Health Scientist Administrator
Michael Smith, NHGRI Program Director
Room E1/E2

2:00pm - 2:15pm                            

Break

Lobby
2:15pm - 3:15pm

IC Roundtable

Talk with NIH Program Officers about your research, grant mechanisms, and IC missions

Room E1/E2:

NIBIB and NIGMS

 

Room G1/G2:

NCI and NIAID

 

Room C1/C2:

NCCIH and NICHD

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Closing Remarks

Josh Leonard, Northwestern University

Room E1/E2

 

Logistics 2019

Hotel Information

There is a room block reserved for the 2019 Synthetic Biology Consortium Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. Here's the link to reserve under the block. Alternatively, you are welcome to reserve a room at the Hyatt at a non-discounted rate or reserve a room at other local hotels such as the Bethesda Marriott, The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Bethesda, the American Inn of Bethesda, or the Hilton Garden Inn of Bethesda

The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is located next to the Bethesda Metro Station on the Metro Red Line. The 2019 SBC Meeting venue at the NIH Main Campus is one metro stop (Medical Center Metro Station on the Red Line) or a 15-minute walk away. Click here for a map of the DC metro system.

Meal Information

You may either purchase your lunch from the Natcher Conference Center Cafeteria or you can pre-order a lunch box delivered to the conference venue. An email will be sent out to attendees containing information regarding ordering lunch closer to the meeting date. Lunch will be delivered to the Natcher Building Auditorium at 11:30am on Monday, October 28th, and at 11:30am on Tuesday, October 29th. We highly recommend that participants pre-order and pre-pay for a box lunch so that there is ample time for discussion and networking. Instructions to follow soon.

Orders must be received by 4pm. EDT Thursday, October 24th.

If you're looking for alternate food options, click here for a detailed list of all the restaurants in the Bethesda, MD area. 

Posters

Posters should be at most 4 ft x 4 ft in size. 

 

Campus / Local Information

This meeting will be held in the William H. Natcher Building / Building 45 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

Room: Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium (presentations); Atrium (posters)

Please allow adequate time to get to the NIH main campus and to get through security at the NIH Gateway Center Entrance. You will need to state the purpose of the visit and obtain a visitor’s badge, so please bring a government-issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, green card, etc.). Please allow 20-30 minutes for taxis, Uber, or Lyft to arrive and ask to be picked up at the MEDICAL CENTER METRO STATION.