CQB News and Events

Upcoming Events & Seminars

The Center for Quantitative BioDesign (held on Fridays) consists of series of seminars on topics in synthetic biology presented by invited speakers from various instuititions all over and corporate sectors.

Launching this Spring 2024 semester, The Duke Center for Quantitative BioDesign is pleased to announce  a student/postdoc-focused series on AI/automation for biodesign. These meetings serve as an opportunity for current trainees in our center to present on their research/works-in-progress and receive feedback from the community.

Student- & Postdoc-Focused Works-In-Progress Meetings on AI/Automation in Biodesign Sign-Up Sheet

Note: Welcome! We would love to hear about your work (in progress). Please plan on giving a ~20-minute talk + 10 minutes for Q&A. We’ll provide pizza and drinks, and feel free to join us for happy hour afterwards (4-5pm)!

Date Presenters
Jan 26 2024 Presenter 1: Adim Moreb, PhD (Lynch Lab)

Topic: Architect-directed DNA Synthesis

Presenter 2: Lin Zhao (Chatterjee Lab)

Topic: PAM flexible genome editing with an engineered chimeric Cas9

Feb 9, 2024 Presenter 1: Lauren Hong (Chatterjee Lab)

Topic: Programmable Protein Stabilization with Language Model-Derived Peptide Guides

Presenter 2: Jia Lu (You Lab) 

Topic: Programming synthetic pattern formation

Feb 23, 2024 Presenter 1: Sophie Vincoff (Chatterjee Lab)

Topic: CDR3-RWKV: Autoregressive CDR3
Generation Via Linear Attention

Presenter 2: Utsuki Yano (Lynch Lab)

Topic: Development of Novel Small Molecules through
Combinatorial Exponential Biosynthesis

Mar 1, 2024 Presenter 1: Zachary Fralish (Reker Lab)

Topic: Machine Learning for Prodrug Design

Presenter 2: Stefan Golas (Chory Lab)

Topic:  Automation for High-Throughput Cell Culture

Mar 29, 2024 Presenter 1: Zhengqing Zhou (You Lab)

Topic: ML-Aided Construction of Effective Model Describing Focal Microbial Population Dynamics

Presenter 2: Chloe Markey (Reker Lab)

Topic: Predicting and Perturbing Drug Metabolism with ML

April 12, 2024 Presenter 1: Qianni Ma (Chory Lab)

Topic: TBD

Presenter 2: Zhangzhi Peng (Chatterjee Lab)

Topic: PTM-Mamba: A PTM-Aware Protein Language Model with Bidirectional Gated Mamba Blocks

Additional Speakers 

We’re so excited to see a tremendous level of interest in participating in this speaking series! If you’d like to participate but no slots are available for dates where you’d be able to present contact us. Please include your name, lab, and available date(s). We will do our best to coordinate availability to include speakers from each of our participating labs.

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Spring 2024 Schedule

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place: Wilkinson Auditorium 021

Date Course Speaker Institution Faculty Host Presentation Title
Jan 19, 2024 Seminar Series Sujit Datta, Ph.D Princeton University Lingchong You, Ph.D. Sticking together: How bacterial collectives (re)shape themselves
Feb 2, 2024 Seminar Series Nathan Crook, Ph.D. North Carolina State University Daniel Reker, Ph.D. Combinatorial and evolutionary engineering of probiotic yeast for in situ biomanufacturing
Feb 16, 2024 Seminar Series Alex Holehouse, Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis Lucia Strader, Ph.D. Mapping from sequence to function in intrinsically disordered regions
Mar 8, 2024 Seminar Series James Jim Collins, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Daniel Reker, Ph.D. and Tatiana Segura, Ph.D. Synthetic biology: biology by design
Mar 22, 2024 Seminar Series Samira Musah, Ph.D Duke University Duke Center for Quantitative BioDesign Engineering Organ-Level Structures and Functions: Harnessing Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Advanced Biomedical Applications
April 5, 2024   Seminar Series TBD TBD TBD TBD