2017 Symposium

The Sixth Annual Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability was October 26-27 2017 on the Michigan State University Campus. It was open to all members of the community, and featured science talks from distinguished speakers from academia, government and industry from across the U.S. On Friday morning the 27th October we  held career events. These were relevant to all pre- and postdoctoral trainees, no matter what areas of science are of interest to them.

The detailed meeting schedule can be found here. Seminars were held in the MSU Union building and the poster session was in the Molecular Plant Sciences atrium, while the Thursday evening dinner was at the Horticulture Greenhouse.


Imad Ajjawi, Synthetics Genomics, Inc.
"Boosting lipid productivity of the oleaginous microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana via genome engineering"

Woncheol Kim, BASF Corporation
"Bioscience research in BASF"

Weiqing Zeng, DuPont Pioneer
"Abiotic Agronomic Trait Development - Market, Science, and Technology"

Marianela Rodriguez, BASF
"Bioscience Research at BASF"

Phil Taylor, Monsanto Corporation
"My Career Journey"

Private Institutes and Government

Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
"Creating Electronically-Controlled Microorganisms with Synthetic Biology"

Malia Gehan, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
"Quantifying Variation of Crop Resilience Under Temperature and Drought Stress"

Sue Rhee, Carnegie Institution for Science
"Organization, function and evolution of plant metabolism"

Lynn J. Rothschild, NASA, Ames Laboratory
"On beyond Star Trek: Synthetic biology and the future of space exploration"

Michigan State University

Gregory Bonito, Plant Soil and Microbial Biology
"Evolution and functioning of intracellular bacteria in plant-associated fungi"

Colleen Friel, Plant Biology
"Resource exchange in the legume-rhizobia symbiosis"

Erich Grotewold, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"Elucidating the maize flavone pathway for healthier humans and plants"

Bryan Leong, Plant Biology
"Evolutionary innovations enhance metabolic diversity: acylglucose biosynthesis in Solanum pennellii trichomes"

Dan Lybrand, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"Internship: Synthetic Genomics, Inc."

Cecilia Martinez-Gomez, Microbial and Molecular Genetics
"Unraveling plant-microbe interactions dependent on rare earth elements"

Brian St. Aubin, Plant Biology
"Internship: 3Bar Biologics, Microbiome delivery"

Tomomi Takeuchi, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"Control of Quiescence and Cell Division by Compromised Hydrolysis of TAG 7 (CHT7) Protein in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii."

MSU iGEM Program
"Cyanobacterial Synthetic Biology and Education/Outreach."