Event Details

Date:
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room:
Seminar Room, Level 1, AIBN (Building 75)
UQ Location:
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (St Lucia)
Event category(s):

Event Contact

Name:
Jessica Kirkbride
Phone:
64215
Email:
j.kirkbride@uq.edu.au
Org. Unit:
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Event Description

Full Description:
Abstract
The engineering of Biology presents infinite opportunities for therapeutic design, diagnosis, prevention of disease and solutions to environmental problems. We use what we know from Nature to engineer systems with predictable behaviors. We also seek to discover new natural strategies to then re-engineer. I will present concepts and experiments that address how we approach these problems in a systematic way. We have engineered components of the gut microbiome to act as both diagnostics and therapeutics for inflammation and infectious disease. We complement this with new general strategies organism engineering for environmental detection and sustainable production.

Bio
Pamela Silver received her BS in Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California where she was an NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University in the Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where she was a Fellow of the American Cancer Society and The Medical Foundation. Subsequently, Pam was an Assistant Professor in the Dept of Molecular Biology at Princeton University where she was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, a Research Scholar of the March of Dimes and was awarded an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. Pam moved to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute where she was a Professor in the Dept of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. She was named a Claudia Adams Barr Investigator and awarded the Mentoring Award for the PhD Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School.

In 2004, Pam became one of the founding members of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and the first Director of the Harvard University PhD Program in Systems Biology. In 2009, she became one of the first members of the Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Her work was recognized by an Innovation Award at BIO2007 and has been funded by grants from the NIH, DARPA, DOD, DOE, NSF, Novartis, Merck and The Keck Foundation. Her work has been recognized by an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, a Research Scholar of the March of Dimes, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, Claudia Adams Barr Investigator, an NIH MERIT award, the Philosophical Society Lecture, a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is among the top global influencers in Synthetic Biology and her work was named one of the top 10 breakthroughs by the World Economic Forum. She serves on numerous public and private advisory boards including the board of the Internationally Genetics Engineering Machines (iGEM) Competition and she is the co-founder of several biotech companies.

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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