SB.Talk with Kyle G. Daniels

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct 17

Where: Shriram Tea Room 

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SB.Talk with Yulin Huang 

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct 31

Where: Shriram Tea Room 

Topic: Biomolecular Control Circuit with Inherent Bi-stability is Applicable for Automatic Detection of Gut Infection

SB.Talk with Jamie Blum

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov 14

Where: Shriram Tea Room 

SB.Talk with Brian Hie

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov 28

Where: Shriram Tea Room 

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Past Events

SB.Talk with Michael C. Jewett

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19

Where: Shriram Tea Room 

Topic: Can synthetic biology help save our planet? a discussion on synthetic biology for sustainability

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SB.Talk with Jonathan Calles

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Routinizing synthetic biology by (routinely) building synthetic cells

SB.Talk with Nick Kalogriopoulos

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 22 

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Programmable synthetic GPCRs for customized antigen recognition and cellular response

SB.Talk with Alex Vlahos

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, August 8

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Harnessing Protein-Protein Interactions for Programmable Control of Protein Secretion in Mammalian Cells

SB.Talk with Stanford iGEM team

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, July 25

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Meet the Stanford iGEM team: a summer project on biocontainment

SB.Talk with Jenn Brophy & Drew Endy

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, July 11

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Let’s get a NSF Biofoundry at Stanford

Abstract: The NSF has a call for proposals to fund up to four biofoundries across the US. Up to $24 million over six years. Jenn Brophy, Drew Endy, & Mike Jewett are leading the Stanford team competing for one such award. Come learn about the proposal while it is still being drafted!  Offer your thoughts, wishes, and advice! Full details about are the call online here.

When: Thursday, June 22 to Friday, June 23, 2023 

Where: Holiday Inn San Jose-Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA, USA

Topic: Come listen to leading experts in the field of mammalian synthetic biology and about the latest developments and applications in genome architecture, immunoengineering, regenerative medicine, organoids, and other topics that are shaping the future of the field. More info:

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SB.Talk with Cyrus Knudsen

When: 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 20

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Computer-aided design of engineered cells: vision and some highlighted challenges

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Engineering Bacteria for Cancer Therapy with Tal Danino (Columbia University)

When: 3:30 pm on Friday, June 9

Where: Y2E2 Room 299

Guest Speaker: Tal Danino Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University

Abstract: Synthetic biology is driving a new era of medicine through the genetic programming of living cells. One particular focus has been the engineering of bacteria as therapeutic delivery systems for cancer, where microbes colonize and release payloads within tumors. Here, genetic circuits are designed to enhance spatial and temporal control of microbial behavior for improved safety and efficacy. In this talk, Danino will highlight their recent efforts to develop bacterial biosensors, encapsulation strategies, and effective delivery systems for payloads ranging from cytotoxic to immunomodulatory agents. Danino will also discuss the progression from bacteria as single agents toward their engineered interactions with other programmable medicines using synthetic biology.

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When: 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 8

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Integration over insulation: rethinking pathway-level engineering in human cells using mitochondrial genomes + group discussion on show to shape synthetic biology at Stanford University.

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Synthetic Biology: Life Redesigned with James J. Collins (MIT)

Hosted by Chemical Engineering Colloquium

When: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm on Monday, June 5

Where: Virtual (Zoom) 

Guest Speaker: James J. Collins is the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering & Science and Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, as well as a Member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Faculty.

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SB.Talk with Janina Tamborski

When: 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 25 

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Topic: Genetic circuits for plant synthetic biology

Fireside Chat with Austin Che, Ginkgo Bioworks

Hosted by Stanford Biotechnology Group

When: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Monday, May 22

Where: RVSP for location

Guest Speaker: Austin Che, co-founder, Ginkgo Bioworks 

Interested in learning about what it takes to build the world's largest SynBio company and where the field is headed? Join Austin Che for a fireside chat.

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Synthetic Biology in Space with Lynn Rothschild

Hosted by Stanford Student Space Initiative

When: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 17

Where: Lane History Corner 200-303

Guest Speaker: Lynn Rothschild, NASA Ames Research Center

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Biomaker workshop with Jim Haseloff

When: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Friday, May 12

Where: Shriram Room 112

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SB.Talk with Jim Haseloff (Cambridge)

When: 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 11 

Where: Shriram Tea Room

Guest Speaker: Jim Haseloff, Professor of Synthetic Biology, University of Cambridge

Topic: Open tools for engineering plants

Synthetic Biology for Sustainability Symposium

When: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Monday, May 1

Where: Vidalakis Dining Hall, Schwab Residential Center


The Deans of the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability are hosting the Synthetic Biology for Sustainability Symposium on May 1, from 10am – 2pm at the Vidalakis Dining Hall, Schwab Residential Center.

SB.Talks with Phil Kyriakakis

When: 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 27 

Where: Shriram 262

Topic: Optogenetics, directed (de)evolution, and brain mapping

Seminar with Domitilla Delvecchio (MIT)

When: 3:00 - 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 20 

Where: Building 530, Rm 127, 440 Escondido Mall

Topic: Context-aware mammalian synthetic biology for controller design 

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SB.Talks with Sasha Levy

When: 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 13 

Where: Shriram Tearoom

Topic: A DNA programming environment

Stanford SB Community Event

When: 2:00 - 3:30 pm on Wednesday, March 8 

Where: Shriram Tearoom

You're invited to our inaugural event to establish a Stanford-based community of researchers interested in synthesis and synthetic biology. Faculty, staff, postdocs and students are all invited. Please RVSP here.