5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Synthetic Biology Symposium | January 9-10, 2025



4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Synthetic Biology Symposium
JANUARY 11-12, 2024

Keynote Speaker: James J. Collins (MIT)
Keynote Address: Synthetic biology: making biology programmable.
Panel Leader: John Cumbers (SynBioBeta)
Location: Duke University (Note change of venue.)


This NSF-sponsored symposium showcases research and opportunities in all areas of synthetic biology across the Mid-Atlantic region, welcoming researchers, educators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in academia, government, and the private sector who share a common interest in synthetic biology and its enabling technologies. The symposium will feature platform presentations, discussion panels, a poster session, and time to network.

There is no registration fee. The registration deadline is November 30.

Featured topics include …

  • AI in Synthetic Biology
  • Platform Development, with Non-Standard Chassis
  • Bio-Capture & Bio-Conversion, for a Sustainable and Resilient Environment
  • Scaling from Bench to Field/Factory


The symposium will be held in the Westbrook Building at Duke University, 403 Chapel Drive (the Divinity School), Durham, NC.


Registration will open at 3pm on January 11, with the symposium beginning at 4pm. On January 12, registration will open at 8am, with the first session beginning at 9am. The symposium will conclude by 4pm on January 12. Check this site for program updates.


Maximum dimensions: 48 inches wide and 36 inches tall.


Duke University and Durham, NC are easily accessible by air, train, and auto. The Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) is the closest airport (16 mi; ~ 20-25 min drive). There is also an Amtrak Station in Durham (2.3 mi; ~12 min drive).


For symposium attendees, discounted self-pay hotel rooms ($159 + tax) are available at the AC Marriott Hotel (2800 Erwin Road, Durham, NC), which is approximately a 15 min walk from the symposium venue. Breakfast and parking are included in the room rate. The reservation link will appear here, when it becomes available. There are also a number of other hotels proximal to the Duke campus.

Hotel Rate: $159, booking deadline is Dec 12. Breakfast and parking are included.
To make reservations: Click here, to book your stay


Bryan Center Parking Garage ($2/hr).  It’s about a 3–4-minute walk from the parking garage to Duke Divinity School. Here are the parking directions: https://divinity.duke.edu/about/directions.  Guests of the Marriott have free parking when a room is reserved using the booking link for the conference (see Accommodations); confirm at check-in. 

Travel Awards

A limited number of travel awards are available for students and early career individuals. To be considered for a travel award, check the appropriate box on the symposium registration form.

Hotel & Venue Information

Please click here to view all information regarding the Hotel, Venue, Driving Directions, Parking and Poster information for the Symposium.