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The artificial cell: biology-inspired compartmentalisation of chemical function

Scientific meeting

Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

Theo Murphy meeting organised by Dr Barbara Ciani, Dr Paul Beales and Professor Stephen Mann FRS

Computer Generated Imagery illustration of synthetic protocells. Credits: Supplied by Professor Oscar Ces, Imperial College London

This meeting brings together life and physical scientists to explore mechanisms of biological compartmentalisation and how these principles can be harnessed to develop smart technologies. We will address how repurposing of biological and synthetic components can be used to create artificial cells for development in areas such as fuel production, drug delivery and environmental remediation. 

Speaker biographies and talk abstracts will be available shortly. The draft schedule is available below.

Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place. Meeting papers will be published in a future issue of Interface Focus.

Poster session

There will be a poster session on Monday 26 February 2018. If you would like to apply to present a poster please submit your proposed title, abstract (no more than 200 words and in third person), author list and name of the proposed presenter and institution to the Scientific Programmes team with the subject line "Poster submission: The artificial cell" by 15 January 2018. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the presenter is registered to attend the meeting.

Attending this event

This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking

  • Free to attend
  • Advanced registration essential (please request an invite)
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team.

Event organisers

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Schedule of talks

26 February

09:00-12:00

Session 1

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Dr Barbara Ciani, University of Sheffield, UK

09:10-09:35 Navigating the endosome: the role of receptor ubiquitination and ubiquitin-binding complexes

Professor Philip Woodman, University of Manchester, UK

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09:45-10:10 Decision making in autophagy – How to loose specificity

Dr Thomas Wollert, Institut Pasteur, France

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10:20-10:50 Coffee

10:50-11:15 Compartmentalisation and crowding in artificial membranes

Professor Mark Wallace, King's College London, UK

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11:25-11:50 Mimicking membrane scission in vitro

Professor Patricia Bassereau, Institut Curie, France

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12:00-14:10

Lunch

14:10-17:00

Session 2

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Professor Stephen Mann FRS, University of Bristol, UK

14:10-14:35 Adaptive compartments with life-like behaviour

Professor Jan Van Hest, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands

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14:45-15:10 Biomimetic synthesis of artificial magnetosomes

Dr Sarah Staniland, University of Sheffield, UK

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15:20-15:50 Tea

15:50-16:15 Model systems for membraneless subcellular organelles: Compartmentalization of biomolecules and reactions by liquid-liquid phase coexistence

Professor Christine Keating, Penn State University, USA

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16:25-16:50 Protein design in the cell: towards a synthetic proteome

Professor Dek Woolfson, University of Bristol, UK

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17:00-18:00

Poster session

27 February

09:00-12:25

Session 3

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Professor Oscar Ces, Imperial College London, UK

09:00-09:25

Dr Jeremy Carlton, KCL and Francis Crick Institute, UK

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09:35-10:00 Bottom-up assembly of a minimal divisome

Professor Petra Schwille, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

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10:40-11:05 Buckling of an epithelium growing under spherical confinement

Dr Aurelien Roux, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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11:15-11:40 Signalling reactions on membrane surfaces: the roles of space, force, and time

Professor Jay Groves, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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11:50-12:15

Dr Paul Beales, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Barbara Ciani, University of Sheffield, UK

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12:25-13:45

Lunch

13:45-16:30

Session 4

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Dr Paul Beales, University of Leeds, UK

13:45-14:10 A cellular transition to evolutionary dynamics

Professor Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow, UK

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14:20-14:45 Microfludic approaches for manufacturing artificial cells

Professor Oscar Ces, Imperial College London, UK

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14:55-15:25 Tea

15:25-15:50

Professor Stephen Mann FRS, University of Bristol, UK

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16:00-16:30 Final discussion/Overview

The artificial cell: biology-inspired compartmentalisation of chemical function Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ