5th International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School   |   Certosa di Pontignano - Siena - Tuscany - Italy   |  July 25-29, 2018


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March 27: Pamela Silver Lectures

Lecture 1: Designing Biology for Health

Here, I will present background on health-related problems that can be addressed by synthetic and systems biology. I will present a personal case study on development of a cancer therapeutic from basic research to clinical and commercial success. I will then discuss the status of protein engineering for biologics. I will then cover how to design cells as diagnostics and therapeutics. Issues around stability and safety will be addressed.

Lecture 2: Designing Biology for Sustainability

One major thrust for synthetic biologists is to harness the ability natural chemical processes to create a more sustainable industry for chemicals, consumables, materials and energy. I will cover new strategies used to engineer cells to produce all of these things. Second, I will cover work on engineering cells to interface with inorganics and electronics. In particular, I will discuss the success of the Bionic Leaf whereby sunlight can be harvested and used by bacteria to produce chemicals and materials on demand.

December 1st, 2017: 24 Speakers, 4 Tutors for 100 Attendants! Hurry up and Register!

September 26th, 2017: Summer School Preparation:

Recommended books:

1. Daniel G. Gibson, Clyde A. Hutchison III, Hamilton O. Smith, J. Craig Venter (Editors),
Synthetic Biology: Tools for Engineering Biological Systems“, A Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology Collection, 2017.

2. Christina Smolke (Editor), “Synthetic Biology: Parts, Devices and Applications (Advanced Biotechnology)”, Sang Yup Lee,‎ Jens Nielsen and Gregory Stephanopoulos (Series Editors), Wiley-Blackwell; 1st Edition, May 14, 2018.‎

3. Bernhard Ø. Palsson, Systems Biology: Constraint-based Reconstruction and Analysis, Cambridge University Press, 2015.

4. Edda Klipp, Wolfram Liebermeister, Christoph Wierling, Axel Kowald, Systems Biology: A Textbook, Wiley VCH; 2nd Edition edition, 2016.

Dissemination Book:

George Church and Ed Regis, Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves, Basic Books, 2014.