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Welcome from the Program Chair

It is my pleasure to invite you to join us for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology. The annual meeting is an opportunity to gather to explore topics of interest to academics and industrialists, students and experienced practitioners, and any others with an interest in the diverse areas that comprise the activities of the society’s membership. The 64th annual meeting will be held July 20-24, in St. Louis, MO, the ‘Gateway City’ marking the unofficial boundary between east and west in the US.

The technical program will feature sessions in the five traditional areas of the meeting. These include Biocatalysis, Environmental Microbiology, Fermentation & Cell Culture, Natural Products, and Metabolic Engineering. The program committee has recruited an excellent group of conveners who are working diligently to prepare an exceptional agenda, with session topics that include areas such as bioremediation, advanced fermentation design and operation, metabolic engineering of non-traditional (phototrophic) organisms, novel tools for natural product discovery, and computational approaches for design of enzymes. A special session will explore computational tools for the design of more complex biological systems. In addition, we are excited to leverage the rich intellectual environment of the St. Louis area, which is particularly well-known for advances in plant biotechnology, and present two special sessions in this area. We encourage you to review the list of session topics and conveners to learn the other sessions that will take place at the meeting. The annual meeting is a wonderful opportunity to not only hear about recent technological advances from both academics and industrialists, but to also expand your network and engage in rich scientific discussions throughout the course of the week.

I hope that this welcome has piqued your interest and that you will join us for the 64th annual meeting in St. Louis. See you under the Arch!

Kristala L. J. Prather, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA


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