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2017 Agenda

THURSDAY, October 26

Morning - MSU Union Lake Huron Room

Session One - Michaela TerAvest, Chair

Start Speaker Topic

Douglas Gage
Asst. VP for Research and Grad. Studies, MSU

9:05 Tomomi Takeuchi
Control of Quiescence and Cell Division by Compromised Hydrolysis of TAG 7 (CHT7) Protein in Chlamydonas reinhardtii.
9:20 Woncheol Kim
Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology
9:55 Caroline Ajo-Franklin
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Creating Electronically-Controlled Microorganisms with Synthetic Biology
10:30 Cecilia Martinez-Gomez
Unraveling plant-microbe interactions dependent on rare earth elements
10:50   Coffee Break

Session Two - Anastasiya Lavell, Chair

Start Speaker Topic
11:10 Bryan Leong
Evolutionary innovations enhance metabolic diversity: acylglucose biosynthesis in Solanum pennellii trichomes
11:25 Sue Rhee
Carnegie Institution
Organization, function and evolution of plant metabolism
12:00 Malia Gehan
Danforth Center
Quantifying Variation of Crop Resilience Under Temperature and Drought Stress
12:35   Lunch


Afternoon - MSU Union Lake Huron Room

Session Three - Bryan Leong, Chair

Start Speaker Topic
1:15 Lynn J. Rothschild
NASA, Ames Research Center
On beyond Star Trek: Synthetic biology and the future of space exploration
2:05 Imad Ajjawi
Synthetic Genomics
Boosting lipid productivity of the oleaginous microalga Nannochloropsis gaditana via genome engineering
2:40 Brian St. Aubin
Internship: 3Bar Biologics, Microbiome delivery
2:55 Weiqing Zeng
Abiotic Agronomic Trait Development - Market, Science, and Technology
3:30   Coffee Break

Session Four - Rob Last, Chair

Start Speaker Topic
3:45 Colleen Friel
Resource exchange in the legume-rhizobia symbiosis
4:00 Greg Bonito
Michigan State University
Evolution and functioning of intracellular bacteria in plant-associated fungi
4:20 Dan Lybrand
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Internship: Synthetic Genomics, Inc.
4:35 MSU iGEM Program
Michigan State University
Cyanobacterial Synthetic Biology and Education/Outreach
4:50 Rob Last
Michigan State University
Session Wrap up and Directions to Poster Session and Dinner

5:30 Poster Session, MPS Atrium

7:00 Dinner, Horticultural Greenhouse


FRIDAY, October 27

Careers in Biotechnology-Related Fields, 1425 BPS

Tomomi Takeuchi, Chair

Start Speaker Topic
9:00 Marianela Rodriguez
Bioscience Research at BASF
9:45 Phil Taylor
Monsanto Corporation
My Career Journey
10:40 Panelists

Careers in Industry (10:40-11:25)

Careers in Government, Research Institutes and Universities (11:25-12:10)

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