2023 CCC Symposium

Building in vitro organelle interactions systems: bridging cell and synthetic biology

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

At the CCC, we are taking a multidisciplinary approach to developing the discipline of cellular engineering. Our efforts have focused on re-engineering the size and shape of organelles within intact cells. However, we have begun to realize that to fully engineer cells we will need to gain control over the interactions between organelles. Toward this goal, we wish to pursue a new research direction aimed at uncovering new principles of sub-cellular self-organization using interdisciplinary approaches. Following up on our inaugural 2022 symposium, the aims of this event are to launch dialogue around the cross-disciplinary scientific motivations for reconstituting or recapitulating organelle interactions in vitro, and to identify the key questions and conceptual challenges, promising practical approaches, and technical barriers at the intersection of organelle biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry, systems biology, bioengineering, and more.