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USP Conference on Synthetic Biology for Biomass and Biofuels Production
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Dates: August 20th-21st, 2013

Venue: Auditorium István Jancsó - Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e José Mindlin, University of São Paulo (São Paulo/Brazil) - see map here

Organization: Glaucia Mendes Souza and Marie-Anne Van Sluys (University of São Paulo)

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The University of São Paulo has recently created a Biomass Systems and Synthetic Biology Center. The USP SynBio Center is a joint initiative led by the Institute of Chemistry, the Institute of Biosciences, the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics and the Engineering School.

The USP Synbio Center specializes on Energy and Biomass research and the use of Synthetic Biology to engineer plant and microorganism metabolism for the efficient use of biomass to produce biofuels and bio-based chemicals.


 Tuesday - August 20th, 2013

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 - 9:30 Opening Ceremony

Marco Antonio Zago, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Synthetic biology and bioenergy research at USP, the USP SynBio Center


Session 1 - Research and Innovation for a Bio-based Society

Chair: Glaucia M. Souza, IQ-USP  
Plenary 1  
9:30 - 10:00

Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, FAPESP, Brazil

FAPESP and the bioenergy research agenda in São Paulo, Brazil

Plenary 2  
10:00 - 10:30

Lars Nielsen, University of Queensland, Australia

Constraint based reconstruction and analysis of metabolic and regulatory networks

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
Chair: Marie-Anne Van Sluys, IB-USP  
Plenary 3  
11:00 - 11:30

James Liao, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Exploring principles of metabolic engineering for fuels and chemicals production

Plenary 4  
11:30 - 12:00

Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge, UK

Simple cellular systems for bioengineering

Plenary 5  
12:00 - 12:30

Dirk Inzé, VIB, Department of Plant Systems Biology, Belgium

Maximizing biomass production by a systems biology approach

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

Session 2 - Microbial Synbio and Building Blocks I 

Chair: Andreas K. Gombert, UNICAMP
14:00 - 14:30

Jack Newman, Amyris, USA

The foundational synthetic biology of Amyris, from malaria cure to jet fuel

14:30 - 15:00

Avram Michael Slovic, Braskem, Brazil

Synthetic biology for the production of commodity chemicals

15:00 - 15:30

Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego, USA

The potential of micro-algae for the production of biofuels and bio-products

15:30 - 16:00  Coffee break

Session 3 - Microbial Synbio and Building Blocks II 

Chair: Carlos Hotta, IQ-USP  
16:00 - 16:30

Nathan Hillson, Joint BioEnergy Institute, USA

Biological design and build automation platforms at Berkeley Lab

16:30 - 17:00

Juan A. Asenjo, Universidad de Chile, Chile

Continuous modelling of metabolic networks with gene regulation in yeast and in vivo determination of rate parameters

17:00 - 17:30

Andreas K. Gombert, State University of Campinas, Brazil 

Increasing the efficiency in the biorefinery: modulating free energy conservation in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae


Session 4 - Innovation and Public Perception 

Chair: Patricia Osseweijer, BE-Basic, The Netherlands  
17:30 - 18:00

Eleonore Pauwels, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA

What does the U.S. public think? New poll numbers on public understanding and attitudes towards synthetic biology

18:00 - 18:30

Fernando Reinach, Fundo Pitanga, Brazil

A VC perspective on how to evaluate the benefits and the risks associated with synthetic biology projects


 Wednesday - August 21st, 2013

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and Coffee

Session 5 - Bio-based Chemicals 

Chair: Luuk Van Der Wiellen, BE-Basic, The Netherlands  
9:00 - 9:30

Joseph Bozell, University of Tennessee, USA

Integrating biorefinery separation and conversion – catalytic oxidation of lignin models and organosolv lignin to high value aromatics

9:30 - 10:00

Jochen Förster, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Production of bulk and fine chemicals using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli

10:00 - 10:30

Rubens Maciel Filho, State University of Campinas, Brazil

Biorefineries: sugar, bioethanol, and more

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30 Odair Glavina, Amyris Brasil, Brazil

Scale up and industrialization of biofuel production


Session 6 - Systems Biology I 

Chair: Luiziana Ferreira, ICB-USP  
11:30 - 12:00

Marcos S. Buckeridge, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Can sugarcane physiology be manipulated to obtain a superplant?

12:00 - 12:30

Gonçalo A. Guimarães Pereira, State University of Campinas and GranBio, Brazil

Synthetic biology on second generation

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30

Rodrigo A. Gutiérrez, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Nitrogen regulatory networks controlling plant root growth

14:30 - 15:00

Lothar Willmitzer, Max Planck, Germany

Metabolomics – a versatile tool in plant breeding and systems chemistry


Session 7 - Systems Biology II 

Chair: Massuo Kato, IQ-USP  
15:00 - 15:30

Ralf Conrad, Max Planck, Germany

Methane emission from flooded soils - from microorganisms to the atmosphere

15:30 - 16:00

Fabio M. Squina, Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE), Brazil 

Development of omics-based approaches for biocatalyst discovery in lignocellulose-to-bioproduct applications 

16:00 - 16:30  Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00

Jim Beynon and the PRESTA Consortium, Warwick University, UK

Using systems biology modeling to reveal regulatory networks controlling plant stress responses


Session 8 - Education 

Chair:  Alan Durham, IME-USP  
17:00 - 17:30 Meagan Lizarazo, iGEM, USA

iGEM: The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

Closing remarks  

 Thursday - August 22nd, 2013

[Restricted to speakers] Visits to Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Biosciences, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, Engineering School

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