Integrated Cellular Systems: Building Machines with Cells

Saturday, February 18, 2017: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Room 311 (Hynes Convention Center)
Developing increasingly complex cellular systems will be a major challenge for the next decade and beyond, requiring knowledge from tissue engineering, synthetic biology, micro-fabrication and nanotechnology, systems biology, and developmental biology. In this session, speakers describe the current state-of-the-art in differentiating and organizing cell types to produce the components or building blocks of higher order systems, including combining multiple cell types to produce greater functionality. As these “biological machines” increase in capabilities, exhibit emergent behavior, and potentially reveal the ability for self-assembly, self-repair, and even self-replication, questions arise about the ethical implications of this work. This session discusses future technological prospects and ways to address these complex ethical questions.
Rashid Bashir, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Lizanne DeStefano, Georgia Tech
Rashid Bashir, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
How to Engineer a Living System
Taher Saif, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Engineered Living Micro Swimmers
Melissa Kemp, Georgia Institute of Technology
Simulation of Emergent Behavior in Multicellular Aggregates