SynBio Educational Resources

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Synthetic Biology 101

Wikipedia Articles:

After you feel like you have a decent grasp on the field of synthetic biology, start looking at various iGEM wikis and see if you can understand what each team accomplished.

Synthetic Biology Literature

Navigating Academic Literature:
  1. Find a synthetic biology review paper
  2. Read the entire paper from front to back
  3. Re-read the Abstract
  4. Re-read the Introduction
  5. Skip the Body
  6. Read the Conclusion
  7. Read the entire paper again
  8. Highlight each word you don’t understand and then Google it.
  9. Click on each citation
  10. Skim that article and try to summarize it in 3-4 sentences
  11. Think of 4-5 questions about the review article and ask a professor or expert in the field about those questions.
  12. Repeat this process over and over with articles that specifically interest you.

Eventually, you will develop the ability to analyze or refute various claims that research papers make.

Read this paper as well, if you wish to better understand how to read academic literature:

Relevant Academic Journals:

Important Synthetic Biology Publications:


Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by George M. Church
Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life by J. Craig Venter

Quarterly Journal:

Relevant Coursework at UC Davis:
BIS 101- Genes and Gene Expression
BIS 102- Structure and Function of Biomolecules
BIS 103- Bioenergetics and Metabolism
BIS 104- Cell Biology
MCB 121- Advanced Molecular Biology
BIM 142- Protein Engineering
BIM 143- Synthetic Biology

Relevant Lab Courses at UC Davis:
MCB 120L- Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Laboratory
MCB 160L- Principles of Genetics Laboratory

Other Useful Resources when working in the Lab:
Synthetic Biology Club,
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Synthetic Biology Club,
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Synthetic Biology Club,
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Synthetic Biology Club,
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