ShanghaiTech SLST Hosts Genetics and Genomics Conference

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ShanghaiTech’s School of Life Science and Technology (SLST) held the 5th Annual ShanghaiTech BioFrontier Conference – Frontier of Genetics and Genomics (FoGG2017) on October 20-21st, 2017, in the auditorium of the newly completed L building, the home of SLST.

Nearly 300 researchers from leading institutions gathered at the conference to present and discuss cutting-edge progress in a broad spectrum of genetics and genomics, to meet old friends and make new ones. The conference was divided into 8 sessions including neural, developmental, -omic, synthetic, high-throughput and epigenetic fields. ShanghaiTech University Vice President and Provost Professor Yin Jie delivered the opening remarks, introducing the dramatic progresses in all directions that ShanghaiTech University has been achieved since it was founded four years ago. SLST Vice Dean Professor Ji-Long Liu introduced the school to the attendees.

This two-day event featured 24 speakers from 15 institutions, as well as the iGEM ShanghaiTech 2017 team of SLST undergraduate students who will travel to Boston to participate in an international competition this November. The attendees were passionate and professional with the scientific exchanges at all sessions. Nearly 50 poster presenters introduced their exciting research to the audience during the evening poster session, which also featured a performance by ShanghaiTech’s student orchestra which created an enthusiastic and relaxed atmosphere.

The awards session was a closing highlight of the conference. Twelve flash talk presenters, 10 poster presenters and more than 38 volunteers were recognized by the organizing committee.

ShanghaiTech BioFrontier is an annual event hosted by SLST, with a specific topic in a given year. In the past 5 years, topics have included metabolism, neuroscience, cancer biology, cell biology, and genetics and genomics. The 6th Annual ShanghaiTech BioFrontier conference will be held in 2018.