Enzyme Engineering XXV

An ECI Conference Series

September 15-19, 2019
Whistler Resort
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada


About This Conference

Enzyme Engineering Conference is the leading international forum for discussion of enzyme engineering technology and applications. Enzyme Engineering XXV marks a special occasion as it is the 25th anniversary of this series started in 1971. Experts from around the globe will be on hand to present on a range of topics that should spark stimulating discussions. The specific topics that will be discussed at this meeting should be of interest to experts in the field and those who are just getting started or want to learn how enzyme engineering could be applied to their research.


  • Biocatalysis and enzymology, Scott France, Pfizer
  • Enzyme promiscuity, evolution and dynamics, Yan Feng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • New tools for enzyme engineering, Daniela Grabs, Arzeda
  • Enzyme engineering for biomedical applications, Stefan Lutz, Emory University
  • Enzyme engineering for industrial applications, Vesna Mitchell, Codexis
  • Design and engineering of artificial enzymes, Ulrich Schwaneberg, RWTH-Aachen
  • Enzyme engineering and synthetic biology, Doug Fuerst, GSK


David Baker, University of Washington, Research Website 
Michelle Chang, UC Berkeley, Research Website
Shelley Copley, CIRES, Research Website
Adrienne Davenport, BASF
Bernhard Hauer, University of Stuttgart, Research Website
Jiali Gao, University of Minnesota,  Research Website
Florian Hollfelder, University of Cambridge, Research Website
Akihiko Kondo, Kobe University, Research Website
Yi Lu, University of Illinois,  Research Website
Jeff Moore, Merck
Joelle Pelletier, University of Montreal, Research Website
Nick Turner, University of Manchester, Research Website
Thomas Ward, University of Basel, Research Website
James Wells, UCSF, Research Website

Click on This Link to view the last conference in this series.

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:  

Huimin Zhao, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
John Wong, Pfizer

Conference Program

Click Conference Program to view the final program and the list of posters.


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19AE Award Ceremony

2019 Enzyme Engineering Award –  Huimin Zhao


Best Overall Poster (two winners)

Yasuhisa Asano, Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

Newly Discovered Enzymes and Cascades for the Determination of Amino Acids

Hao Yang, Merck & Co., Inc., USA

Enzyme Engineering towards a Fully Biocatalytic Manufacturing Route for MK-8591

Best Student Posters

1st Place – Sanjan Gupta, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

A Data-driven Approach for Exploiting Enzyme Eromiscuity as a Means
to Predict Novel Biochemical Reactions

2nd Place – Lorea Alejaldre, Universite de Montreal, Canada

 Protein Dynamics at Slow Timescales in Engineered ß-lactamases Does Not Limit Evolvability

3rd Place – En Ze Linda Zhong, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

 Engineering PET-degrading Enzymes for Biorecycling and Bioremediation

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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