Synthetic biology is an
emerging discipline focused on engineering biological parts and pathways that enable
living systems to perform new and useful functions. Research in synthetic
biology involves engineered gene regulatory mechanisms and networks, engineered
signaling pathways, metabolic engineering, and engineered biological molecules
such as proteins and nucleic acids. Applications include new tools to study
existing biological systems, novel diagnostics and therapeutics, chemical
synthesis, and the engineering of novel strains for industrial processes.
|Education and Community
The CSB supports programs that foster collaboration and education in synthetic biology. We have
developed a three-course sequence, cross-listed among four departments. We have
a world-champion undergraduate synthetic biology team that has competed in the
iGEM competition every year since 2008. We run several journal clubs, reading
groups, and joint group meetings. Finally, we run a yearly workshop in
synthetic biology that attracts participants from the university, the Hutch,
Seattle Biomed, the ISB, PATH, Microsoft Research, and beyond.