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Engineering the Membrane for Improved Cell Factories, 17-18 September 2015, Sheffield

The Crossing Biological Membranes Network (CBMNet), a BBSRC NIBB, is holding a research synposium titled "Engineering the Membrane for Improved Cell Factories" on 17-18 September 2015 in Sheffield. The number of places is limited, so  if you have an interest in understanding and re-engineering cell membranes to enhance the productivity of cell-based factories used in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, express your interest now by emailing cbm@sheffield.ac.uk.

 

About the meeting: 

The use of whole-cell biocatalysts for the large scale production of biomolecules, fine chemicals and biofuels is a key theme within industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. However, cells that have been engineered for these purposes are often subject tomembrane stress, leading to a loss of integrity at the cell membrane. This could be due to the chemical properties of product molecules (e.g. lipophilicity), product formation in non-native hosts, or as a result of overexpression of recombinant proteins, to give just a few examples.

This research symposium aims to bring together academic scientists with diverse interests in cell membrane stress, membrane engineering and membrane integrity, alongside industrial scientists who are interested in improving the robustness of whole-cell biocatalysts.

Key themes include, but are not limited to:

• Membrane stress
• Lipidomics
• Membrane lipid balance
• Membrane lipid engineering / novel membrane lipids
• Membrane proteomics
• Outer membrane vesicles
• Membrane proteins that stabilise membrane integrity

CBMNet welcomes delegates from industry, academia and other stakeholders with an interest in understanding and re-engineering cell membranes to enhance the productivity of cell-based factories used in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy.

They are particularly keen to hear from CBMNet members who would be interested in speaking at this event. Whether your research is basic or applied, if you think that you could contribute something to this meeting then please get in touch as soon as possible to express your interest: cbm@sheffield.ac.uk.

This event is FREE to attend if you are a CBMNet Member and will be a great opportunity to meet both industrialists and academics working on cell membrane stress, membrane integrity and membrane engineering. Proof-of-Concept funding will be made available to all event attendees immediately after the event to facilitate the generation of new projects.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE. To apply to attend this FREE event please click here to download the application form, and email the completed form to cbm@shef.ac.uk. Please register early to guarantee your place!

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