Genome Engineering: Cutting-Edge Research and Applications

Conference Summary

Genome engineering is among the fastest growing areas of science and seeks to develop new technologies for the precise manipulation of genes and genomes in cells, tissues, animals, and populations. In addition to its utility for advancing our understanding of basic biology, genome engineering has numerous real-world applications, ranging from correction of disease-causing mutations in humans to engineering plants that better provide fuel, food and industrial raw materials.  The first clinical trials and patient treatments using genome engineering approaches are ongoing. The scope of this meeting is diverse, encompassing established and emerging technologies for modifying genomes and their applications in basic science, disease modeling, gene therapy, and agriculture. We anticipate that this diversity of technologies and experimental systems will create a stimulating meeting environment that will enable new insights and advance the field.

The 2018 meeting is the fifth in this Genome Engineering series and we have selected speakers and designed a program to highlight the major advances since the last meeting. Additional oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. There will also be the opportunity for poster presentations at a dynamic and interactive poster session.  Social and recreational activities will provide all registrants, including students and postdoctoral fellows, with opportunities to exchange ideas and develop new collaborations. It is anticipated that there will be funds available to support attendance of early career researchers.

Important Deadlines:

  • Last day to register May 10, 2018


  • Scientific leaders’ presentations of recent advances in the rapidly developing field of genome engineering

  • Vibrant interactions between established and young investigators at meet-the-expert sessions, poster sessions, meals, and social activities

  • Late-breaking results from selected oral abstracts and poster presentations

Keynote Speakers

Rodolphe Barrangou, PhD
North Carolina State University

Maria Jasin, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Donald Kohn, PhD
University of California Los Angeles

Feng Zhang, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Conference Organizers

Charles Gersbach, PhD
Duke University

Jens Boch, PhD
University of Hannover

Paula Cannon, PhD
University of Southern California

Philip Gregory, D. Phil.
Bluebird bio, Inc.

FASEB Conference Staff

Kristen Hagy, CMP, Conference Manager

Contact us

Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location


June 24-29, 2018


Hilton Metropole Florence
Via del Cavallaccio, 36,
Florence, 50142, Italy

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The Florence International Airport, A. Vespucci, or also known as Florence Peretola Airport (FLR) is 3 Km from the hotel.

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Official Conference Lodging

Hilton Metropole Florence
Via del Cavallaccio, 36,
Florence, 50142, Italy

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.)

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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