The first symposium on ‘Single-Cell Sorting and Imaging Technology’ was held in QIBEBT

The first symposium on ‘Single-Cell Sorting and Imaging Technology’ was held in Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-QIBEBT) on Jan 6th, 2013. It was co-hosted by QIBEBT and Wellsens Synthetic Biology Co. Ltd..
The symposium was co-chaired by Dr. Xu Jian, Director of the BioEnergy Genome Center, QIBEBT and Dr. Huang Wei from the University of Sheffield. The united single cell genomic team from QIBEBT and Wellsens introduced and demonstrated the first Raman-activated cell sorter (RACS-1) for single cell isolation and genomic sequence during the workshop.
Dr. Zheng Jian from the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and Mr. Liu Bin from Bureau of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, CAS gave a talk at the beginning of the symposium respectively. Over 30 scientists and experts from different universities and research institutes, including Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Institute of Soil Science, CAS, Institute of Microbiology, CAS, Sun Yat-Sen University, Tianjin University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Procter & Gamble Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., etc., were present and discussed about the significance and bottlenecks of single cell isolation and imaging. The subject included Raman-based phenotyping of prokaryotic and eukaryotic single-cells, Raman-activated counting and sorting, single-cell genomics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and applications of single cell technology in biofuel feedstock development, environmental remediation, stem cell differentiation and development and clinical microbiology, etc..
The success of this one-day symposium will extend the applications of single cell technologies in the area of biofuels and biomaterials, microbial ecology, marine biodiversity, drug discovery, stem cell, cell development and differentiation and cancer research, and is of great importance as a demonstration of independent development of top-level instruments.

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