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  • Apr
    17

    BTP Seminar Series: Cynthia Collins, Ginkgo Bioworks

    McCormick-Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE)

    12:00 PM LR4, Technological Institute

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    Making biology easier to engineer

    Synthetic biology is the key to sustainable biomanufacturing. At Ginkgo, our mission is to make biology easier to engineer so that customers can achieve the performance indicators that enable economically viable production of their targets. We bring together expert scientists, bespoke software, state-of-the-art instrumentation and automation to tackle pathway optimization through iterative DBTL cycles. At the core of every cell program are the enzymes that catalyze conversion of substrate to product. Ginkgo's end-to-end Enzyme Services can be applied to identify new enzymatic activities and improve enzyme specificity, activity and stability in industrially relevant conditions. In the Bioworks foundries, we assemble these enzymes into complex metabolic pathways, optimizing expression and flux. We use highly automated strain engineering tools and high-throughput analytical capabilities to test thousands of prototypes. We recently added automated adaptive evolution and encapsulation into nanoliter reactor technologies to augment the design space we are able to explore.

    This talk will discuss Ginkgo’s platform and provide some examples of projects and successes to date. I will also discuss my career trajectory and things I’ve learned as I transitioned from a career in academia to a career in industry, and from technical roles to my more recent operational and leadership role.

    Cynthia Collins received her BS from the University of Toronto in Chemistry and Biochemistry and her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Caltech in the Arnold lab where she focused on the directed evolution of transcription factors involved in microbial quorum sensing and their use in synthetic biology applications. Cynthia then moved to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where her group applied synthetic biology and protein engineering approaches to engineer communication and collaboration in microbial communities. She earned a NSF Career Award and was named a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. Cynthia joined Ginkgo in 2021, where she led projects in her role as a Principal Organism Engineer. She is currently a Senior Director of Organism Engineering, and leads the Microbial Engineering Operational Excellence team.

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    TIME Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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    CONTACT Will Chaussee    william.chaussee@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick-Chemical and Biological Engineering (ChBE)

  • Jun
    17

    Summer Classes Begin. Summer Change of Registration (Drop/Add)/Late registration begins

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    TIME Monday, June 17, 2024

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    CONTACT Office of the Registrar    nu-registrar@northwestern.edu EMAIL

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  • Jun
    19

    Juneteenth (no classes)

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    TIME Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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  • Aug
    14

    Undergraduate Quantum Summer School

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    All Day Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Wednesday, August 14, 2024

    LOCATION Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Dongyang Li    lidongyang@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Aug
    15

    Undergraduate Quantum Summer School

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    All Day Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Thursday, August 15, 2024

    LOCATION Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center    map it

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    CONTACT Dongyang Li    lidongyang@northwestern.edu EMAIL

    CALENDAR McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Sep
    24

    Fall 2024 Classes Begin

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    TIME Tuesday, September 24, 2024

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  • Sep
    30

    Last day to add or change classes (Last day for tuition adjustment related to enrollment changes (to or from full-time). No reductions are made to bills for dropped or swapped classes after this date)

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    TIME Monday, September 30, 2024

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