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Plant Metabolic Engineering (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Plant Engineering in the Synthetic Biology Era


July 8-9, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Craig A. Schenck & Richard M.E. Payne

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 10, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 8, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Metabolic Engineering is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education, to present and exchange novel unpublished data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting will focus on the fundamental understanding of plant biochemical pathways, and their applications towards the production of compounds for the bioeconomy. In order to utilize a synthetic biology approach for the economically viable production of plant metabolites, there is a need for the elucidation of biochemical pathways through gene discovery, an understanding of how biochemical pathways are compartmentalized and regulated, as well as an understanding how this information can be combined to engineer the production of high value compounds. This meeting will bring together early career scientists from broad disciplines to discuss many of the key issues facing the application of synthetic biology to plant metabolic engineering. In addition we will have a career panel discussion, with scientists from academia, industry and government, focusing on the difficult transition between PhD and post-doctoral roles, to other diverse careers in science.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 8, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Plant Metabolic Engineering" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by May 8, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Joseph Jez (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Career Panel: Transitioning to a Permanent Position"

  • Andrew Hanson (University of Florida, USA)
  • Hiroshi Maeda (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Parag Chitnis (National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, USA)
  • Jonathan (Josh) Cohn (Syngenta, USA)
  • Kristala Prather (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by 1 R13 AT09506-01 from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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