Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems (M-CELS) Symposium

The M-CELS Symposium will highlight recent research in multi-cellular engineered living systems.  

Symposium Agenda

  • 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Introduction to M-CELS and Past EBICS Activities
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Flash Talks (Six talks, 10 minutes each)
    • Karmella Haynes
    • Denis Tsygankov
    • Shuyi Nie
    • Ahmet Coskun
    • Will Ratcliff
    • Felipe Quiroz
  • 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break with refreshments
  • 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Discussion/brainstorming of Future M-CELS Activities (seed grant mechanism, potential center/training grants, seminar series)
  • 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Networking activities (both online and in-person!), refreshments

If you cannot attend in-person, please join us virtually on BlueJeans with this link. 

M-CELS Seed Fund Competition Guidelines

What is M-CELS @ GT-Emory?
Multi-cellular engineered living systems (M-CELS) are purpose-driven living systems with multiple interacting living components. They are engineered for specific goals or functions but take emergence into account during the design process, allowing the final system to emerge through natural and non-natural biological processes. Principles and mechanisms derived from investigating developmental systems are used to enhance or harness multicellular form and function. M-CELS research is intended to provide a fundamental engineering understanding that enables a quantitative approach bridging between single cells and organs or organisms.

The purpose of this seed grant is to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers. We view this as a stepping stone for larger scale proposals from the M-CELS @ GT-Emory community and a practical follow-up from the December 3rd Kickoff Meeting.

Where do the funds come from?
The NSF Science and Technology Center Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) existed between GT, MIT, and UIUC and other partner institutions from 2010-2020.
EBICS is using programmatic funds in its final year of no cost extension to catalyze a larger footprint of related research activity beyond the 5 EBICS funded researchers at GT.

How can I use the money?
We expect to support approximately 10 grants for $10,000 direct cost each to be spent from January – June 2022. Due to constraints associated with the source of the funds, we can only provide Materials and Supplies costs.

What is the selection criteria?

  • New research ideas!
  • Potential of high-impact or high-novelty application
  • Potential for follow-up funding
  • Topical alignment with workshop theme

What do I need to do now?
We request that only participants of the kick off meeting can apply, and investigators will become members of the new M-CELS @ GT-Emory center. The proposal must include an interdisciplinary team with new collaborations. Please submit no more than a 1 page proposal with a clear hypothesis, approach, and a plan for future funding by Sunday, December 12, 2021 to Melissa Kemp. Please provide a separate brief budget page indicating M&S costs. The proposals will be reviewed by selected external experts.

What do I need to do in the future?
Please use this unique opportunity to get a new collaborative idea going! Be sure you spend the
money within the dates provided. We may ask your team to present at a future M-CELS@GTEmory event.