Environmental Microbiology

Fermentation & Cell Culture

Metabolic Engineering

The Metabolic Engineering sessions of SIMB cover the fundamental approaches, tools, and applications associated with strain engineering for fuels and chemicals production. These sessions are designed to span the gamut from emerging areas including synthetic biology and non-conventional organisms to industrial demonstrations of mature technologies leading to saleable products. Demonstrations of applied metabolic engineering approaches for the rewiring of cellular organisms to new chemicals and bioproducts are central themes within this area.

Natural Products

The Natural Products sessions of SIMB cover basic and applied science surrounding natural products from biological sources. Subject matter includes enzymology, biochemistry, genomics, and ecology within natural product research. This program area specifically focuses on natural products from plant, microbial, and eukaryotic sources in addition to engineering-biology applications of biosynthesis. Natural products continue to serve as an important source of chemical diversity, only a fraction of which has been effectively explored using cultivation-dependent approaches.

Special Topics