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19 Oct: Programmable biology in the test tube

Synthetic gene circuits can be used to generate rapid and low-cost paper-based diagnostics for diseases including Zika and Ebola. Dr Vincent Noireaux (University of Minnesota), Dr Nick Rollins (Cambridge Consultants) and Dr Fernan Federici (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and University of Cambridge) present the technology and its disruptive implications during this seminar and hands-on prototyping workshop.
When Oct 19, 2016
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Department Of Plant Sciences, Downing Street, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
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During the event, the OpenPlant Fund will launch a linked call for mini-grants to support interdisciplinary collaborations on the theme of in vitro synthetic biology.


10:00 Practical Session 1 - Introduction to cell-free system and assay set-up 

12:00 Open lunchtime seminars, Large Lecture Theatre

Keynote: 'Cell-free Synthetic Biology', Dr Vincent Noireaux (University of Minnesota)

  • XylemDx and paper-based diagnostics', Dr Nick Rollins (Cambridge Consultants)
  • Further talks TBC
  • Q&A panel session on challenges and opportunities for in vitro synthetic biology
  • Launch of an OpenPlant Fund call for innovative, interdisciplinary and open technology projects
  • Introduction to forthcoming opportunities from Global Challenge Research Funds

14:00 Practical Session 2 - analysis of assay results

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Joining for the lunchtime seminars only

Please register through eventbrite for your free ticket! Lunch is not included but you are welcome to bring your own.

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Applying for the practical workshop

Places are limited to a maximum of 30 for the practical session so we ask that you apply giving a brief statement about your interests and background by midnight on Fri 14 Oct. Places will be confirmed asap.

These spaces include attendance at the lunchtime talks and a free lunch. Please sign up only if you intend to join for the whole day and inform the organisers on as soon as possible if you are unable to take up your place once confirmed.

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Deadline extended to Fri 14 Oct 2016.


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The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative provides a hub for anyone interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, as well as commercial partners and external collaborators.