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Synthetic Biology Preconference Podcast Tutorials

To help overcome differences in terminology used by researchers in various fields, a number of podcast "tutorials" focusing on various aspects of synthetic biology were released prior to the conference.  In 2009, Joe Palca, on leave from his position as NPR science correspondent, has interviewed selected experts on aspects of synthetic biology and turned them into “Science Friday” type podcasts. 

Conference attendees were notified when a new tutorial was released through the weekly conference enewsletters.  Attendees were asked to listen to all podcast tutorials prior to the November conference.  
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Engineering and Synthetic Biology
Frances H. Arnold (NAS/NAE/IOM)
Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry
California Institute of Technology

Gene Circuitry/Protein Circuits and Synthetic Biology
Wendell A. Lim
Professor in the Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry
University of California San Francisco
Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Chemistry and Synthetic Biology: Building Synthetic Tools
David A. Tirrell (NAS/NAE)
Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and former Chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology

National Security and Ethics and Synthetic Biology
Jonathan D. Moreno (IOM)

David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics and of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Overview of Synthetic Biology
J. Craig Venter (NAS)
Founder, Chairman, and President
J. Craig Venter Institute

Gene Circuitry/Cell-to-Cell Communication and Synthetic Biology
Ron Weiss
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering and  the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gene Circuitry/Fragility of Systems and Synthetic Biology
Jim Collins
Boston University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Religion and Ethics and Synthetic Biology
Laurie Zoloth
Director, Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities
Northwestern University

Chemistry and Synthetic Biology: Metabolic Engineering, Building Pathways, Metagenomics and Applications
Jay D. Keasling
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
Acting Deputy Laboratory Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
CEO, Joint Bioenergy Institute

Engineering and Synthetic Biology
Drew Endy

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Stanford University

Creative Problem Solving
Richard N. Foster
Managing Partner of Millbrook Management Group, LLC and
Member of the W. M. Keck Foundation Board (Executive Committee)