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Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Presentations in AT&T Auditorium.
Breaks, Mixers, and Vendor Show in Café.
Poster set-up and viewing in Theater Corridor.

10:00 a.m. Registration opens in Lobby
12:45 p.m. Registration in Lobby. Lunch on your own.
1:45 p.m. “Opening Remarks”
James Carrington, Ph.D., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Session I:
 Alex Harkess, Ph.D.
2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. “Harnessing bilin-based optogenetic actuators”
Clark Lagarias, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
3:00 p.m. "Plant and mammalian synthetic biology approach for the understanding and control of cellular processes"
Matias Zurbriggen, Ph.D., Heinrich-Heine-Universität
3:30 p.m. “Absolute quantification of clock proteins reveals a quantitative engineering path for tuning the Arabidopsis circadian oscillator and output pathways"
Uriel Urquiza-Garcia, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
3:45 p.m. Break, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing
Session II: Sona Pandey, Ph.D.
4:15 p.m.
4:45 p.m.
"Engineering plant signal transduction for water smart crops"
Bayer Crop Science Sponsored Plenary Talk presented by
Sean Cutler, Ph.D. , University of California-Riverside
5:45 p.m. Mixer, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing (even-numbered)
Thursday, September 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. Coffee, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing
Session III: Diego Cuerda-Gil, Ph.D.
9:00 a.m. “Genome-scale engineering: A new frontier in metabolic engineering”
Huimin Zhao, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
9:30 a.m. "CRISPR-guided DNA polymerases enabling diversification of all nucleotides in a tunable window" 
John Dueber, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
10:00 a.m. “Diversity, structure, function, assembly an engineering of carboxysomes and other bacterial microcompartments for enhancing primary productivity"
Cheryl Kerfeld, Ph.D., Michigan State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
10:30 a.m. Break, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing
Session IV: Dan Lin, Ph.D.
11:00 a.m. Microbial production of modified plant alkaloids”
Pamela Peralta-Yahya, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
11:30 a.m. “Discovery of and design of systems for multi-enzyme cascades”
Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
12:00 p.m. “Reprogramming plants using synthetic signaling systems”
            Arjun Khakhar, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
12:15 p.m. Lunch in Upper Atrium
Session V: Meredith Sigman, Ph.D.
2:00 p.m.
"Compartmentalized metabolic networks in a model photosynthetic eukaryotic microbe"
Andrew Allen, Ph.D., University of California-San Diego and the J. Craig Venter Institute
2:30 p.m. Genetic engineering in a model cyanobacterium”
Jianping Yu, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory
3:00 p.m. “Development of synthetic biology toolkits for non-model microbes”
Carrie Eckert, Ph.D., Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
3:30 p.m. “Creating biodegradable corn protein-based electrospun nanofiber platforms for SERS detections”
Hazal Turasan, Purdue University
3:45 p.m. Break, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing
Session VI: Bala Venkata, Ph.D.
4:15 p.m.  "Viruses, aphids and next generation control"
Clare Casteel, Ph.D., University of California-Davis
4:45 p.m. "Re-designing CO2 fixation and allocation in crop plants"
Heike Sederoff, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
5:15 p.m. "Cross-kingdom RNAi and small RNA trafficking between plants and fungal pathogens”
Hailing Jin, Ph.D., University of California-Riverside
5:45 p.m. Mixer, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing (odd-numbered)
Friday, September 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. Coffee, Vendor Show, Poster Viewing
Session VII: Jiani Yang, Ph.D.
9:00 a.m. "Drought and host selection influence bacterial community dynamics in the grass root microbiome" 
Devin Coleman-Derr, Ph.D., Plant Gene Expression Center
9:30 a.m. “GWAS approaches for non-domesticated woody perennials: A Populus case study”
Jerry Tuskan, Ph.D., Center for Bioenergy Innovation
10:00 a.m. “Targeted sub-field switchgrass integration could improve the farm economy, water quality, and bioenergy feedstock production”
Emily Heaton, Ph.D., Iowa State University
10:30 a.m. “Hormonal regulation of defense-related secondary metabolism in polyamine-enriched tomato fruit field-tested in contrasting agroecosystems”
Tahira Fatima, Ph.D., Purdue University
10:45 a.m. Break
Session VIII: Maria Sorkin, Ph.D.
11:15 a.m. "Competition, coevolution, and managing indigenous soil microbiomes to optimize disease suppression"
Linda Kinkel, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
11:45 a.m. “Rethinking intensive agriculture from an ecosystem perspective” 
Evan DeLucia, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:15 p.m. “Poster Awards and Closing Remarks”
Dmitri Nusinow, Ph.D., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Doug Allen, Ph.D., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
12:45 p.m. Adjournment
For questions, please contact Kathleen Mackey by email at kmackey@danforthcenter.org or by phone at 314-587-1203.