Fourth Central US Synthetic Biology Workshop

@Northwestern University on September 9th and 10th, 2021

Our goal is to create a recurring workshop that brings together synthetic biology researchers and companies from institutions in the Central US. These meetings could help identify areas in which we could work across groups, and between academia, industry, and government, on moonshot research opportunities and to foster the emergence of a vibrant synthetic biology bioeconomy in the Central US.

Organizing Committee

Ophelia Venturelli, UW-Madison (Co-Chair)

Niall Mangan, NU (Co-Chair)

Ross Thyer, Rice

George Lu, Rice

Brian Dickinson, U Chicago

Mark Mimee, U Chicago

Laurie Leonelli, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Shannon Sirk, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Phillip Romero, UW-Madison

Megan McClean, UW-Madison

Gabriel Rocklin, NU

Zhenyi Shao, Iowa State

Tom Mansell, Iowa State

Nigel Reuel, Iowa State

Rajib Saha, U. Nebraska-Lincoln

Aaron Engelhart, U. Minnesota-Twin Cities

Eun Joong Oh, Purdue

Workshop Details

Location: Hybrid: Online/NU

  • Talks will be in the Ryan Auditorium in the NU Tech building (map).

  • Streamed talk link:

    • Check your email for login

  • The in-person poster session will be in the atrium of Silverman Hall (map)

  • Online poster sessions and talk Q&A will be via

    • check your email for a channel invite.

On campus parking.

Keynote Speakers:

Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Rice

Huimin Zhao, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Logo design credit: Peter Tran, Northwestern GeneMods

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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