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FEBS Advanced Lecture Course: Design and Engineering of Synthetic Biosystems

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Deadline for Applications is 30 April 2018

Travel grants available for PhDs and early career postdocs

This Advanced Lecture Course explores the rapidly developing area of synthetic biology. We will examine how, in the process of trying to engineer new biological systems, we improve our understanding of the naturally evolved biosphere (build-to-understand).

In addition, we discuss how synthetic biology is in the process of radically enhancing our ability to create products and processes that are of value to medicine, biotechnology, food security, energy and the environment (build-to-apply). Ideally, synthetic biologists want to be able to integrate defined biological components into functional circuits, pathways and other cellular systems that behave in predictable ways. However, biological systems are far more difficult to construct than electrical circuits, and part of the fascination of synthetic biology is the challenge of identifying what the real rules for predictable bio-assembly are. We will also consider the rapidly developing enabling technologies of synthetic biology, including DNA synthesis and large-scale (genome) assembly methods, CRISPR, robotics, advanced construction strategies for synthetic parts and circuits, and computational design and modelling.

The course will be taught by leaders in relevant areas of synthetic biology, and will comprise a balanced combination of lectures, tutorials, structured discussion groups, poster sessions and focused seminars. Join us for what will be a memorable week, full of renowned speakers and engaging conversations and sessions. For queries, please email Dr Corinne Hanlon on

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