Welcome letter

In recent years, metabolic engineering has developed very rapidly in China. To share the state-of-the-art developments and achievements made in the field of metabolic engineering, the International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES) decided to organize the third Metabolic Engineering Summit (MES 2019) in China on Oct. 20-22, 2019, in Tianjin, China, at the Crowne Plaza Tianjin Binhai. We are honored to host this event and look forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues from all over the world.

 

The MES is one of the leading conference series in this field that brings together leading experts, scientists, and students to present and discuss cutting-edge research and to promote collaborations. Presentations are usually given by invited scientific leaders from the core metabolic engineering community, while posters will typically be presented by students, postdocs, or junior scholars/scientists. MES 2019 will host 7 sessions:

 

1) Production of bio-based chemicals through ME

2) Production of natural products through ME

3) From waste to value through ME

4) ME and Synthetic Biology

5) ME and Directed Evolution

6) ME as an enabling technology for driving innovation

7) Advancing a bio-economy through ME

 

To stimulate interaction and discussion, the entire conference will be held in a single-track format, including presentation sessions and poster sessions. The MES 2019 will focus on discussing the most recent advances in novel principles and methods of metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and directed evolution, as well as their applications in the chemical, food, pharmaceutical and medical industries.

 

Registration is open from now on. We extend the warmest welcome to all, and hope that you enjoy the MES 2019 in Tianjin, China.

 

Chair and co-chairs of the Local Organizing Committee of MES 2019:

Dr. Xueli Zhang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

Dr. Yin Li, Institute of Microbiology, CAS

Dr. George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University

Dr. Xiaoxia Xia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


General Secretary:

Dr. Huifeng Jiang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS


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Invited Speakers
Agenda
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
  • 15:00-17:00

    IMES Board Meeting (closed)

  • 17:00-17:30

    Group Photo

  • 17:30-18:00

    Opening Ceremony

  • 18:00-19:00

    Plenary Lecture: Jens Nielsen, Chalmers University of Technology

    Title:


  • 19:00-21:00

    Welcome banquet

  • 8:30-10:20

    Session 1 Production of bio-based chemicals through ME

  • 8:30-9:00

    Keynote 1 Sang Yup Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

    Title: Metabolic engineering for the highly efficient production of fatty acids and derivatives

  • ​9:00-9:20

    Lecture 1 Ramon Gonzalez, University of South Florida

  • 9:20-9:40

    Lecture 2 Xiaoxia Xia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Title: A synthetic biology approach to spider silk

  • ​9:40-10:00

    Lecture 3 Pablo Ivan Nikel, Technical University of Denmark

    Title: Refining the chemical palate of environmental bacteria towards new-to-nature products


  • 10:00-10:20

    Panel Discussion

  • 10:20-10:40

    Coffee Break

  • ​10:40-12:30

    Session 2 Production of natural products through ME

  • 10:40-11:10

    Keynote 2 Jay D. Keasling, University of California, Berkeley 

  • 11:10-11:30

    Lecture 4 Mattheos Koffas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • 11:30-11:50

    Lecture 5 Nigel Scrutton, University of Manchester

  • 11:50-12:10

    Lecture 6 Tiangang Liu, Wuhan University

  • 12:10-12:30

    Panel Discussion

  • 12:30-14:00

    Lunch 

  • 14:00-15:50

    Session 3 From waste to value through ME

  • 14:00-14:30

    Keynote 3 Tianwei Tan, Beijing University of chemical Technology 

  • 14:30-14:50

    Lecture 7 He Huang, Nanjing Normal University

    Title:Strategies to unlock lipid production improvement and its future development in microalgae

  • 14:50-15:10

    Lecture 8 Zongbao Zhao, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS             

    Title:Formate-driven reductive metabolism

    Title: Devising NCD-sufficient microbial hosts

  • 15:10-15:30

    Lecture 9 Xueli Zhang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

  • 15:30-15:50

    Panel Discussion

  • 15:50-16:10

    Coffee Break

  • 16:10-16:40

    Session 4 ME and synthetic biology

  • 16:10-16:40

    Keynote 4 Christopher Voigt, MIT

  • 16:40-22:00

    Poster Session (Poster flash and viewing)

  • 18:30-20:30

    Dinner

  • 8:30-10:20

    Session 5 ME and Directed Evolution

  • 8:30-9:00

    Keynote 5 Huimin Zhao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Title: Metabolic Engineering via Directed Evolution

  • 9:00-9:20

    Lecture 10 Hal Alper, University of Texas at Austin

    Title:Microdroplet-enabled Metabolic Engineering and Directed Evolution

  • 9:20-9:40

    Lecture 11 Nancy Da Silva, University of California, Irvine

  • 9:40-10:00

    Lecture 12 Huifeng Jiang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

  • ​10:00-10:20

    Panel Discussion

  • ​10:20-10:40

    Coffee Break

  • 10:40-12:30

    Session 6 ME as an Enabling Technology for Driving Innovation

  • ​10:40-11:10

    Keynote 6 Akihiko Kondo, Kobe University

  • 11:10-11:30

    Lecture 13 Yingjin Yuan, Tianjin University 

  • ​11:30-11:50

    Lecture 14 Matthew Wook Chang, National University of Singapore

  • 11:50-12:10

    Lecture 15 Chun Li, Beijing Institute of Technology

  • ​12:10-12:30

    Panel Discussion

  • 12:30-14:00

    Lunch 

  • ​14:00-15:50

    Session 7 Advancing a bio-economy through ME

  • ​14:00-14:30

    Keynote 7 Christoph Wittmann, Saarland University 

  • ​14:30-14:50

    Lecture 16 Yajun Yan, The University of Georgia

    Title:Engineering Tunable Metabolic Complementation to Improve Carbon Yield

  • 14:50-15:10

    Lecture 17 Lishan Zhao, Amyris

  • 15:10-15:30

    Lecture 18 Long Liu, Jiangnan Univeristy

    Title: Synthetic pyruvate-responsive genetic circuits for dynamically fine-tuning metabolic pathways in Bacillus subtilis


  • ​15:30-15:50

    Panel Discussion

  • ​15:50-16:10

    Coffee Break

  • 16:10-16:30

    Introduction of Xueming Zhao Lectureship Award in Metabolic Engineering and announcement of the awardee

  • 16:30-17:15

    Lecture given by the awardee of Xueming Zhao Lectureship Award (George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University )


  • 17:15-17:30

    Conclusion Remark

  • 17:30-20:00

     Farewell Party and Poster Award Ceremony

Organizing Committee
International Steering Committee (Alphabetic order)
Akihiko Kondo Alexander Steinbüchel Christopher A. Voigt George Guo-Qiang Chen Gregory Stephanopoulos Irina Borodina James Liao Jay D. Keasling Jens Nielsen Kristala Prather Jones Nancy Da Silva Ryan Gill Sang Yup Lee Tianwei Tan Vassily Hatzimanikatis Xiaoxia Xia Yin Li
Chair and co-chairs of the Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Xueli Zhang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

Dr. Yin Li, Institute of Microbiology, CAS

Dr. George Guo-Qiang Chen, Tsinghua University

Dr. Xiaoxia Xia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Secretary General:

Dr. Huifeng Jiang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, CAS

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