Yaakov Benenson, Synthetic Biology expert from ETH Zurich, in India

Professor Yaakov ‘Kobi’ Benenson, ETH Zurich, has been invited to give a talk at the International Meeting on the ‘Future of Science’ at Bose Institute, Kolkata, from 27 – 28 November 2017. The meeting will be part of the institute’s Centenary Celebrations (1917 – 2017).

Prof. Benenson heads the Synthetic Biology Group at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemistry from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, as well as a PhD in Computer Science and Biological Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science. As a Bauer Fellow, he was an independent group leader at Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology. He joined ETH Zurich in 2010 as an Assistant Professor and was appointed an Associate Professor in 2015.

The title and abstract of Prof. Benenson’s talk at Bose Institute is as follows

Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Past, Present, and Future

Synthetic biology as a field is the application of engineering methodology and quantitative mindset to embed sophisiticated novel functionalities into living systems, from microbes to multicellular organisms. Mammalian synthetic biology focuses on mammalian cells as the underlying ‘chassis’ for synthetic biology endeavours. The goal of this research effort is to control and program mammalian cells for applications in biotechnology and biomedicine, as well as to better understand basic biological processes. The field has already witnessed multiple success stories, and many exciting prospects lie ahead. In his talk, Prof. Benenson will touch upon these stories, articulate a vision for the future developments, and outline the challenges that still need to be addressed.

Bose Institute is in the process of curating a new program in Synthetic and System Biology on the occasion of the Centenary Celebrations. A special focus will be on therapeutically and agriculturally important problems.

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