Julius and Khalid recently attended the inaugural retreat of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) held at Caltech. EBRC (https://www.ebrc.org) aims to be the leading organization in the field of synthetic biology, showcasing cutting-edge research, identifying and addressing global challenges in the field, and building an inclusive community of students, trainees, academics, government and industry members. EBRC is the next chapter of Synberc, a multi-institutional community that was funded over a 10-year period by the National Science Foundation.
After chairing a morning session on day 1 of the retreat, Julius presented some of the lab’s recent work on the “RNA World Matrix,” describing Kyle, Eric and Angela’s latest work on Cotranscriptional SHAPE-Seq (read more here) and some unpublished work from James.
— Khalid K. Alam (@BiochemPhD) November 2, 2016
Khalid, who recently joined the Lucks Lab as a postdoc, presented a poster on one of his PhD projects, “Split-Broccoli.” This is the same project that Khalid brought with him to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Synthetic Biology Course last summer. For his work and poster presentation on engineering a fluorescence-activating split aptamer system that functions in vivo, Khalid took home one of three outstanding poster contribution awards.
— The Lucks Lab (@LucksLab) November 3, 2016
Members of Northwestern’s Center for Synthetic Biology were also recognized at the inaugural EBRC retreat. Anne d’Aquino, a PhD student in the Jewett lab at Northwestern (http://jewettlab.northwestern.edu) also took home an outstanding poster contribution award, and Ashty Karim, also in Mike Jewett’s lab, presented one of the publicly webcast keynote talks on “A Cell-Free Framework for Rapid Biosynthetic Pathway Prototyping.”
— Khalid K. Alam (@BiochemPhD) November 3, 2016
We’re looking forward to the next EBRC retreat, to be held at Northwestern on March 24th and 25th, 2017!