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International Workshop

on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology

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An International Workshop on Control Engineering and Synthetic Biology will be held on the 17th and 18th July 2017 at the Royal Academy of Engineering - Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5DG, London. This event is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), under projects EP/M002187/1 and EP/M002454/1.

Organisers: Guy-Bart Stan (Imperial College London), Antonis Papachristodoulou (University of Oxford), Filippo Menolascina (University of Edinburgh).

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Delegate leaflet

The delegate leaflet containing our welcoming message, programme of talks, poster abstracts, and travel information can be downloaded here.


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Designing and implementing effective feedback control in living cells has the potential to dramatically change biotechnology. However, before this potential is realised, a number of theoretical and practical challenges must be addressed, which lie at the interface between control engineering and synthetic biology. This workshop will discuss both the challenges and the opportunities that Synthetic Biology offers. A specific focus will be on the “next grand challenges” the field of synthetic biology and how control engineering can address them. An exceptional group of speakers, world leaders in synthetic biology and control engineering, will present recent progress, identify challenges and share their vision of where synthetic biology is headed and how the control engineering community can contribute to delivering its promise.

  • Control Engineering Themes:

Modelling, analysis, and design of reliable synthetic circuits as well as regulation of synthetic processes.

  • Synthetic Biology Themes:

Challenges and opportunities for implementing designs and enabling effective synthetic regulation and control.


Registration is now closed - contact us if you have any queries.

Confirmed Speakers

Workshop schedule

17 July 18 July
8.30 AM Coffee Coffee
8.50 AM Introduction
9 AM - 9:45 AM Mustafa Khammash

Theory and methods for biomolecular control systems

Richard Murray

Recombinase-based circuits
for environmental detection diagnostics, and logging

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Mario di Bernardo

Design, implementation and in-silico analysis
of multi-cellular feedback control strategies
in synthetic bacterial consortia

Hana El Samad

Real-time optogenetic compensation strategies
to operationally investigate feedback regulation

10:30 AM - 11 AM Coffee Break Coffee Break
11 AM -11:45 AM Michael Roberts

Precision in gene regulation using synthetic promoters

Velia Siciliano

The second wave of mammalian synthetic biology:
engineering safer synthetic devices

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Richard Hammond

Finding needles in haystacks: a high-throughput
platform for genetic constructs screening

Yvonne Chen

Engineering next-generation T cells
for cancer immunotherapy

12:30 PM - 2 PM Lunch / Poster session Lunch / Poster session
2 PM - 2:45 PM Peter Swain

Distributing tasks via multiple input pathways
increases survival in stress

Andrew Phillips

Programming languages for molecular and genetic devices

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Hidde de Jong

Natural and synthetic control
of resource allocation in bacteria

Giovanni Russo

How to synchronize and de-synchronize biochemical circuits

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM Coffee break / Poster session Coffee break / Poster session
4:15 PM - 5 PM Brian Ingalls

Synthetic biology approaches to suppression of antibiotic resistance:
toward model-based design

Francesca Ceroni

Characterisation of host-construct interactions
for synthetic biology

5 PM - 5:45 PM Poster session (5-6 PM) Jeff Hasty

Engineered gene circuits: from clocks to synchronized delivery

6 PM - 7 PM Networking / Free time Final remarks

Where do we go from here?

7 PM-10 PM Dinner for the speakers

Location of the Workshop

Prince Philip House at 3 Carlton House Terrace is an historic Grade I listed building, overlooking The Mall and St James’s Park and a short walk from Trafalgar Square. The corresponding postcode is SW1Y 5DG.

Accommodation for Attendees

As an attendee, you can locate and book accommodation directly via this link.

An array of hotel/accommodation venues are available upon search. Most venues fall within reach of a local underground station from which you can board the Piccadilly Line to reach the venue. Alternatively travel by taxi is feasible. Note: Bookings and availabilities are dealt with on a first-come first-served basis. It is recommended to book your accommodation in as advance as possible.

For enquiries solely and specifically on bookings/availabilities only, you can contact:

Email: vacenquiries@imperial.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 9507

If you have any further queries, please contact Nazib Ahmed: n.ahmed@imperial.ac.uk

Travel Information

The venue is close to several bus and tube stops and there are plenty of hotels nearby or a few stops away. Please see our delegate leaflet for travel information and nearest tube stations.


Everyone participating in the workshop is invited to bring a poster to display their work.