Humans v2.0: the biotech revolution

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“Impending biotechnology – imagining how the present Biology state of the art can mold our futures”

2017/11/14 19:00 ~ 21:00 free

MTRL Fabcafe 10th floor: hosted by Bio Club Tokyo


For the first edition of this project, we bring you the topic of biotechnology, with the participation of three professionals who are very active on the field. We will start with a talk by Ryuji Misawa (the University of Tokyo), about STEM cells and their meaning for modern medicine. In the sequence, Afifa Ayu (Tokyo Tech) will enlighten us about how DNA is organized and how changes in its structure can affect several traits from an organism. Finally, James Ellinger (the University of Tokyo) will bring up some examples of how DNA mutations can be replicated in laboratory. After the talks, we will have a group brainstorm, and you will have the opportunity to image how all this technology can be reflected in a near future.

19:00 19:10 Initial talk Scienceなう advertising and introduction of the presenters
19:10 19:25 Speaker 1 Ryuji Misawa – Future of Stem Cell Technology
19:25 19:30 Buffer time
19:30 19:45 Speaker 2 Afifa Ayu – DNA Mutation
19:45 19:50 Buffer time
19:50 20:05 Speaker 3 James Ellinger – How do we put new DNA into cells?
20:05 20:10 Buffer time
20:10 20:20 Coffee break
20:20 20:35 Activity 1 Question chart & discussion in table
20:35 20:50 Activity 2 Directed discussion between the groups
20:50 21:00 Final remarks

For more information on our guests, click here.

Recent articles in the media below.

In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos

“We’ve always said in the past gene editing shouldn’t be done, mostly because it couldn’t be done safely,” said Richard Hynes, a cancer researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who co-led the committee. “That’s still true, but now it looks like it’s going to be done safely soon,” he said, adding that the research is “a big breakthrough.”


Skin regeneration with insights

Somewhere in Germany’s Ruhr valley, a nine-year-old boy is doing what children do: playing football, joking around with friends and going to school. Two years ago, he was confined to a hospital bed, dying of a rare and cruel genetic skin disease.


How ‘Organs on a Chip’ Will Revolutionize Medicine

Scientists can now do research on live human organs without petri dishes or animal testing.



RYUJI MISAWA (PhD student @University of Tokyo)

AFIFA AYU (PhD student @ Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

Afifa Ayu Koesoema received her B.Sc degree from the Microbiology Department in Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. She received her M.Eng degree from the Bioengineering Department of the School of Life Sciences and Technology of Tokyo Institute of Technology. Currently, she belongs to Tokyo Tech’s Matsuda Laboratory as a second year doctoral student. Her research is about engineering enzymes in order to optimize enzymatic mechanisms. When she’s not busy in her bench, she likes playing music, cooking, and collecting cute stuff, just like any other normal girl!  She believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the beauty of science, due to the close relatedness of science to our everyday lives.

JAMES ELLINGER (Assistant Professor @University of Tokyo)

James Ellinger

James has a Ph. D. In biochemistry and currently works at the University of Tokyo teaching science and scientific writing. His research includes studying how enzymes work, investigating how microorganisms respond to stress, designing laboratory equipment, and reprogramming bacteria to cleanup the environment. James is currently interested in the DIY Science movement and wants to help people of any background become more involved with science through research.