About the Conference

This conference will focus on bottom-up synthetic biology,* assessing the state-of-the-art, and identifying current grand challenges and opportunities in synthetic cell design and technology.

The conference features world leaders in synthetic cell technology from premier US and German universities and national laboratories. Day 1 of the conference will be dedicated to an educational agenda for aspiring researchers in the form of in-depth and interactive tutorials. Topic areas for the main program will include: Strategies to Create Synthetic Cells & Organelles; Spatial & Temporal Organization of Synthetic Cytoplasmic Structures; Signaling & Circuits; Molecular Machines, Mechanics & Motility; Implications of Synthetic Cell Technology.

Opportunities for participation through contributed talks and posters are available.

Learn about the organizing committee.




Synthetic Cell
Samples of data related to synthetic cell technology

Speakers and Program



Featured Invited Speakers



Kate Adamala

University of Minnesota


Phillippe Bastiaens

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology


Eberhard Bodenschatz

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization


James Carothers

University of Washington


Neal Devaraj

University of California, San Diego


Hendrik Dietz

Technical University of Munich


Andrew Ellington

University of Texas


Tobias Erb

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology


Felipe Garcia-Quiroz

Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University


Ramin Golestanian

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization


Clyde Hutchison

J. Craig Venter Institute


Michael Jewett

Northwestern University


Neha Kamat

Northwestern University


Matthew Lakin

University of New Mexico


Petra Schwille

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry


Joachim Spatz

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research




Invited Tutorial Speakers



Nick Carroll

University of New Mexico


Laura De LaPorte

DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials, Aachen


Karin Jacobs

University of Saarbrucken


Reinhard Lipowsky

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces


Martin Möller

Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials


Darko Stefanovic

University of New Mexico


Jim Werner

Los Alamos National Laboratory





Venue and Travel Info


The conference will be held at the beautiful Drury Plaza Hotel in historic Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Reservations can be made online by going to www.druryhotels.com, or by calling 1-800-325-0720.


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