2013 Agenda

Symposium on “Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability”

Michigan State University
Molecular Plant Sciences Building, Room 1200
October 31-November 1, 2014
Tenative Agenda


Friday Morning, October 31, Room 1415 BPS

Due to room capacity, the morning session is limited to confirmed registered participants only
8:30      Welcome, Rob Last
Session One - Careers and Career Paths
Session Chair – Bobby Bringi
8:40      Noel Day, Partner, Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, LLP
             How to Get Paid for Your Ph.D
9:20      Marianne Laporte, Eastern Michigan University
             Pathways to and Rewards of Teaching Biology at a Primarily Undergraduate Regional Comprehensive University
10:00    Roundtable Discussion Sessions 
             Career Paths to Academia (US) 
             Career Paths to Academia (International)
             Alternative Career Paths 
             Teaching at Undergraduate Focused Institutions 
12:00    Lunch Break

Friday Afternoon, October 31, Room 1200 MPS

1:00      Welcome – Dave DeWitt, Associate Dean, College of Natural Science
Session Two - From Concept to Fermenter
Session Chair – Gregg Howe
1:10      Timothy Whitehead, Michigan State University
             Programming Proteins by Deep Sequencing and Design
1:50     Michelle Chang, University of California, Berkeley
            Engineering New Chemical Function in Living Organisms
2:30    Bobby Bringi, Michigan Biotechnology Institute
            Accelerating Commercialization of Bio-based Technologies:  Some Personal Perspectives
3:10     Break
Session Three - Imagining and Reimagining Biology
Session Chair – Tim Whitehead
3:40     Chris Adami, Michigan State University
            Evolution of Games Microbes Play 
4:20     Kevin Walker, Michigan State University
            Moving Towards Sustainable Biocatalysis of Taxol Analogs
5:00     Phil Robertson, Michigan State University
            Sustainability in Agriculture - Looking Ahead to a Multifunctional Future
5:40     Reception and Poster Presentations in MPS Atrium

Saturday Morning, November 1, Room 1200 MPS

Session Four - From Plant Genomes to Pathways
Session Chair – Rob Last
8:00      Breakfast Available, Molecular Plant Science Atrium
9:00      Robin Buell, Michigan State University
             Interrogation of Medicinal Plant Species through Multiple 'Omics' Techniques
9:40      Asaph Aharoni, Weizmann Institute of Science
             Metabolic Gene Clusters and Evolution in the Solanaceae Anti-Nutritional Steroidal Alkaloids
10:20    Anne Osbourn, John Innes Centre
             Making New Molecules
11:00    End of session