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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

Application process for first year students interested in the program
May through July of each year


Annual Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Symposium
Dates to be determined October or November each year


Meetings of students with Executive Committee Members
Semiannually Fall and Spring Semester

The MSU PBHS Biotechnology Training Program is supported by grant number NIH T32-GM110523.

NIH NIGMS