Synthetic Biology Journal Club Schedule

We are a casual weekly journal club with broad interest in Synthetic Biology. Although presentations often tend to be about RNA papers, since it's the area of expertise for many members, we want to diversify (especially Gear).

Preparation for a presentation is minimal: read the paper, copy figures into a Powerpoint file, make a quick Google/Wikipedia search about the background, and leave the rest for group discussion.

We meet on Thursdays at 5 pm in one of the teaching classrooms in Lab 3, level B, usually B711. If we're not there, peek into other classrooms - we should be there! 

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Summer 2020 

Date Presenter Paper
May 21  Samuel Cross-genus rebooting of custom-made, synthetic bacteriophage genomes in L-form bacteria
May 28 Stefano  Protein Engineers Turned Evolutionists (1) (2)
June 4 Vyankat  Allosteric Regulation of DNAzyme Activities through Intrastrand Transformation Induced by Cu(II)-Mediated Artificial Base Pairing
June 11 Takeshi Conditionally Replicative Adenovirus Controlled by the Stabilization System of AU-Rich Elements Containing mRNA 
June 18 Shiv Genome-scale Transcriptional Dynamics and Environmental Biosensing 
June 25 cancelled  
July 2 Kamila Cell-Free Protein Synthesis as a Prototyping Platform for Mammalian Synthetic Biology
July 9 Gear Hidden Specificity in an Apparently Nonspecific RNA-Binding Protein
July 16 cancelled  
July 30 Samuel  Sequence-based Engineering of Dynamic Functions of Micrometer-sized DNA droplets
August 6  Yoshiki Designer Protein Assemblies with Tunable Phase Diagrams in Living Cells
August 13 Stefano  
August 20 Vyankat