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Agenda

New York State Biotechnology Symposium

The information in the following agenda is tentative and subject to change...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

8:00 AM

Check-in, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions - Berkner Hall

9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15

Plenary I

Dr. Doon Gibbs, Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory

9:45

Plenary II

SUNY – Biotechnology Innovations, Partnerships and Opportunities

Bryan Allinson, Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships for the Research Foundation for SUNY

10:15

Mini-plenary I

10:30

Break, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Concurrent Session I

 

Personalized Medicine: Microbiome, Genetics and Medicine

Session Chair: Susuma Ikuta, Visiting Professor, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environmental Biotechnology: Innovative Approaches for Water Quality Improvement

Session Chair: Amanda Ludlow, Principal Scientist at Roux Associates

Winemaking: The Original Biotechnology

Session Chair: Chris Gerling, Extension Associate, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY

11:00

Comparison of fecal microflora in children with autism spectrum disorders and their 2 neurotypical siblings in the Simons Simplex Collection

Dr. Ellen Li, Professor of Medicine; Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

 

Increasing therapeutic specificity in cancer by identifying links between specific oncogenic changes and metabolic alterations

Dr. Geoffrey Girnun, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Stony Brook School of Medicine and Director of Cancer Metabolomics, Stony Brook Cancer Center

 

Translating the microbiome: Bacterial therapeutics for infectious diseases

Dr. Gerard Honig, Founder & CEO, Symbiotic Health

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems

Glynis Berry, Executive Director, Peconic Green Growth

Bob Eichinger, Advisory Consultant & Project Manager, Onsite Engineering

 

Demonstration Constructed Wetland for Sanitary Wastewater Treatment

Sarah Meyland, co-director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Economics, New York Institute of Technology

 

Newtown Creek Bulkhead Habitat Project

Dr. Sarah Durand, Associate Professor, LaGuardia Community College

 

Addition Rate of Exogenous Tannin for Optimal Retention in Hybrid Red Wines

Alex Fredrickson, Graduate Student, Cornell University

 

The Role of Enzymes in Wine Making

Andrew Rockwell, Laboratory Director, Premium Wine Group

 

Nutrient Optimization in cool-climate Riesling fermentations

Camila Tahim, Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University

12:45 PM

Lunch, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Tours

2:00

Track A (Bus A)

  • National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)
  • Northeast Solar Energy Research Center (NSERC)

Track B (Bus B)

  • Bio/Greenhouse
  • Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN)

Track C (Bus C)

  • Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)
  • National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II)
4:00 Reception & Poster Judging
2:00-5:00 Poster Viewing, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions
5:00 Dinner

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

8:00 AM

Check-in, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions - Berkner Hall

9:15

Plenary III

Growing Biotechnology in NYC

Dr. Eva Cramer, Distinguished Service Professor of Cell Biology & Vice President for Biotechnology and Scientific Affairs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and President of the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal

10:00

Plenary IV

The Water-Energy-Land Nexus and Biofuels

Dr. Martin Schoonen, Professor of Geochemistry & Director of Environmental Initiatives, SUNY Stony Brook; Associate Laboratory Director, Environment, Biology, Nuclear Science & Nonproliferation, Brookhaven National Laboratory

10:45

Mini-Plenary II

11:15

Break, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Concurrent Session II

Bioethics

Session Chair: Dr. Dianne Quigley, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environment and Society, Brown University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Nanobiotechnology

Session Chair: Dr. Magnus Bergkvist, Assistant Professor, Nanobiosciences, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Colleges of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

Bioenergy & Biofuels

Session Chairs: Dr. Thomas Butcher, Deputy Chair, Sustainable Energy Technologies, Brookhaven National Laboratory & Dr. Thomas Amidon, Professor, Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

11:45

Applied Research Ethics in Environmental Health

Dr. Jenifer Carrera, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University

 

A Case Study on the Intersection of Bioethics and Regulation

Benjamin M. Zegarelli, Associate in Health Care and Life Sciences Practice, New York Office of Epstein Becker Green

 

Promoting New Training Initiatives in Research Ethics and Cultural Competence for Engineering and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Dianne Quigley, Adjunct Assistant Professor, IBES, Brown University

Nanowires and Nanogrids for Biotechnology Applications

Dr. Perena Gouma, Director of the Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development at SUNY Stony Brook

 

Endowing Protein Materials with Intelligence

Dr. Jin Montclare, Associate Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

 

Identification /characterization of wood combustion emission nanoparticles released from outdoor and   indoor biomass (cord wood) burners; and human lung cell interactions in vitro with these types of combustion nanoparticles

Dr. Barbara Panessa-Warren, President of NanoAnalytics, Inc. and Guest Scientist in the Division of Instrumentation at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Clean Direct Use of Biomass for Thermal Applications

Rebecca Trojanowski, Associate Staff Engineer in the Energy Conversion Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

Upgraded Pyrolysis Oil to Displace Petroleum for Home Heating

Dr. Thomas Butcher, Deputy Chair, Sustainable Energy Technologies, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

Discovery and Development of novel cellulolytic microbes for biofuel production

Dr. Javier Izquierdo, Assistant Professor, Hofstra University

 

The Use of Codon-Optimized phcB in Genetically Engineered Escherichia coli to Produce Fatty Acid Methyl Esters

Eric T. Stevens, Student, SUNY-ESF

1:15 PM

Lunch

Concurrent Session III

Biomedical & Biopharmaceutical

Session Chairs: Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, BEST Program: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training, Graduate Research and Education, Cornell University, & Kirk Leister, Biotechnology Consultant

Plant Transformation

Session Chair: Dr. Lee Newman, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Use of DOE's National User Facilities for Biotechnology Research

Session Chair: Dr. Lisa Miller, Biophysical Chemist, National Synchrotron Light Source-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory

2:30

Design & Characterization of a Low Friction Zwitterionic Hydrogel for use as an Articular Cartilage Replacement

Dr. Michelle Blum, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University

 

Advancing Cell-free Protein Production for Therapeutic Production in the Real World

Kenneth Yancey, Ph.D. Student, Cornell University

 

Improving Rooting and Acclimatization of Micropropagated Transgenic American Chesnut

Allison Oakes, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

 

Plant Biotechnlogy: Standardization of Nutrient Media and Plant Hormones for Tissue Culture

Dr. Murty Kambhampati, Professor of Biology, Southern University of New Orleans

 

Tailoring plant cell wall composition and structure for more efficient biofuel production

Dr. Chang Jun Liu, Plant Biochemist in the Biological, Environmental and Climate Sciences Dept., Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

 

Applications of Synchrotron X-ray Imaging to Biological and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Ryan Tappero, Beamline Scientist, National Synchrotron Light Source-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

Nano-tools for Biotech Research at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Dr. Mircea Cotlet, Staff Scientist, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

Use of Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) for Functional Phenotyping in Plant Biotechnology Research

Dr. Ben Babst, Staff Biologist, Department of Biological, Environmental, and Climate Sciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

Data and Models for Predictive Systems Biology

Dr. Sergei Maslov, Computational Biology Group Leader, Department of Biological, Environmental, and Climate Sciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory

 

 

 

 

4:00 Closing & Student Awards
4:15 Symposium Concludes