Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering (FOSBE 2009)

Inverness Hotel and Conference Center

Denver, Colorado

August 9-12, 2009


December 1, 2008: Abstract deadline for contributed papers

January 15 , 2009: Notification of acceptance

March 15, 2009: Submission of contributed papers

May 1, 2009: Review of papers returned

June 1, 2009: Final submission of contributed papers

Conference Scope

The reductionist approaches of molecular and cellular biology have produced revolutionary advances in our understanding of biological function and information processing. The difficulty associated with relating molecular components to their systemic function led to the development of systems biology, a relatively new field that aims to establish a bridge between molecular level information and systems level understanding. The novelty of systems biology lies in the emphasis on analyzing complexity in networked biological systems using integrative rather than reductionist approaches. By its very nature, systems biology is a highly interdisciplinary field that requires the effective integration of scientists and engineers with different technical backgrounds and the interdisciplinary training of students to meet the rapidly evolving needs of academia, industry, and government.

The Third International Conference on Foundations of Systems Biology in Engineering (FOSBE 2009) sponsored by the CACHE Corporation will address emerging challenges and opportunities in systems biology. FOSBE 2009 will continue the two-year cycle of the FOSBE conference series, with successful conferences previously held in Santa Barbara, California (August, 2005) and Stuttgart, Germany (September, 2007).  The primary objectives of the FOSBE 2009 conference will be to provide an in-depth review and critical assessment of the current state-of-the-art, to discuss current and future needs of research, education and training, and to identify new directions, opportunities, and challenges in systems biology. We anticipate strong attendance from academia, industry, and government

Oral Sessions

·       Alternative Fuels

·       Circadian Systems

·       Drug Development

·       Network Modeling and Analysis

·       Synthetic Biology

·       Systems Biology Education

Committee Members


Michael A. Henson, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts,



David de Graaf, Director of Systems Biology, Pfizer, Cambridge, MA

Hiroaki Kitano, Director of Sony Computer Science Laboratories and Director of ERATO-SORST Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, Tokyo, Japan

Linda Petzold, Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Hans Westerhoff, Professor of Systems Biology, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Professor of Microbial Physiology, Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands

International Program Committee

Frank Allgower, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Ioannis Androulakis, Rutgers University, USA

Maciek Antoniewicz, University of Delaware, USA

Anand Asthagiri, California Institute of Technology, USA

Jeffrey Blanchard, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

Eric Bullinger, National University of Ireland, Ireland

Ewart Carson, City University London, UK

Frank Doyle, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Bruce Gomes, Pfizer, USA

Juergen Hahn, Texas A&M University, USA

Vassily Hatzimanikatis, Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland

Erik Herzog, Washington University, USA

Kyongbum Lee, Tufts University

Xiaoxia Lin, University of Michigan, USA

Wolfgang Marquardt, Aachen University, Germany

Jens Nielsen, Danish Technical University, Denmark

Babatunde Ogunnaike University of Delaware, USA

Robert Parker, University of Pittsburg, USA

Manuel Peitsch, Novartis, Switzerland

Christopher Rao, University of Illinois, USA

Jennifer Reed, University of Wisconsin, USA

Nikolaos Sahinidis, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Eduardo Sontag, Rutgers University, USA

Jörg Stelling, Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland

Masaru Tomita, Keio University, Japan

Hiroki Ueda, Kyushu University, Japan

Jeffrey Varner, Cornell University, USA

Confirmed Speakers

Adam Arkin, University of California, Berkeley, USA

David Balaban, Amgen, USA

Bill Bentley, University of Maryland, USA

Frank Doyle, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Dan Gillespie, Gillespie Consulting, USA

Albert Goldbeter, University of Brussels, Belgium

Bruce Gomes, Pfizer, USA

Vassily Hatzimanikatis, Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland

Erik Herzog, Washington University, USA

Ravi Iyengar, Mount Sinai Medical School, USA

Art Lander, University of California, Irvine, USA

Doug Lauffenburger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Jim Liao, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Jens Nielsen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Erin O’Shea, Harvard University, USA

Erik Schadt, Merck, USA

Deanne Taylor, Brandeis University, USA

Masaru Tomita, Keio University, Japan

Hiroki Ueda, Kyushu University, Japan

Eberhard Voit, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Huimin Zhao, University of Illinois, USA

Call for Contributed Papers

FOSBE 2009 will feature two poster sessions for contributed papers covering all aspects of systems biology. Contributions focusing on industrial applications and systems biology education are particularly encouraged. All contributed papers will be subjected to peer review. Accepted papers will be included on the conference proceedings CD-ROM. Guidelines for preparation and submission of contributed papers will be posted on the conference website.

Registration Fees

$800    Early registration before June 9, 2008

$900    Regular registration after June 9, 2008

$500    Graduate student registration

The conference fees includes one copy of the proceedings CD-ROM and abstract book, the opening reception, conference banquet, buffet dinners, continental breakfasts, and refreshments during program breaks and poster sessions. Updated information about registration is contained on the conference website: For questions and information, send an email to Kathryn Jurgensen:

Kathryn Jurgensen
FOSBE Conference Manager
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Conference Sponsors


Army Research Office


CACHE Corporation

Computer and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of AIChE

International Federation of Automatic Control

Society for Biological Engineering