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Synthetic biology is an emerging discipline that seeks to apply engineering principles to biology. But what does this actually mean? How does it differ from what has come before? And what challenges are presented by pursuing synthetic biology approaches in plants?

In this webinar, we’ll explore these questions and cover concepts that underpin synthetic biology, including standardization, modularity, orthogonality, automation, and the design-build-test-learn cycle. We’ll also hear our panelists’ perspectives on what it all means and what the future holds for plant synthetic biology.


Steve Burgess: A Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Arjun Khakar: A Grand Challenges postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota  

Aileen Mastouri: Program Director at Joyn Bio 

Brynne Stanton: Head of Metabolic Engineering at Joyn Bio 

June Medford: Professor, Biology Department at Colorado State University  

Andrew Hanson: C.V. Griffin Sr. Eminent Scholar in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida 

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