Symposium EP05—Engineered Functional Multicellular Circuits, Devices and Systems
Living cells ranging from bacteria to those derived from plants and animals have become universal engineering materials for constructing artificial or biomimetic multicellular systems for application in a variety of societal sectors, including biomedicine, energy, agriculture, and environment. Engineers now not only have this new class of materials to play with, but also the opportunity to explore a whole new set of engineering principles leveraging biology. Tremendous opportunities exist for both experimental and theoretical innovations. This symposium thus intends to capture this critical moment and help promote this emerging field, by offering an international forum for discussion on the design principles and theories, fabrication methods, and particular applications of engineered multicellular constructs that may take the form of a circuit, device or subsystem. Abstracts are also sought for (1) engineering functional cellular interfaces with the goal of facilitating a larger scale multicellular assembly and wiring, and (2) applying these engineered constructs in the context of a large system, e.g. implantation into an organism.
This symposium will be of interest to a diverse population of interdisciplinary scientists involved with the development, characterization and application of cell-based constructs for a variety of bioinspired or biorelevant applications. This symposium is open to those engineering efforts that intend to build entirely biological constructs bearing a rational design. Also of interest are the use of non-biological/non-living materials for assisting fabrication of the biological constructs, as well as approaches and studies on biointegration of these engineered constructs in an organism.
This symposium will provide an integrated forum to facilitate coherent interdisciplinary discussions among participants on the basis of applied living materials research toward addressing major challenges in this emerging field. It will also provide a medium to motivate discussions of the societal and economic connections that together will shape this fast-evolving field.