Academic Training Programme
EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/synthetic-biology/cdt-biodesign-engineering/
Synthetic Biology - LS3-SB
Background & Aims: The advent of the molecular biology age in the 1970s was brought about by the ability to construct recombinant DNA molecules. This has completely revolutionised biology and enabled the development of ‘synthetic biology’, where new gene arrangements can be constructed and evaluated. This has been tremendously successful, leading to a wide range of biotechnological applications. However, the engineering of useful synthetic biological systems is still undertaken on an individual ad hoc basis, which is expensive and inefficient. Synthetic biology as a discipline is now attempting to apply the principles of engineering and develop foundation technologies that make the design and construction of engineered biological systems easier, facilitating future development in biotechnology. This course will explore the challenges, problems and approaches to engineering biological systems.
Damage and Repair in Biological Systems - LS3-DRIBS
The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the involvement of free radicals, partially reduced products of oxygen and reactive nitrogen species in the damage and repair processes of various biological systems. Emphasis is placed on human health and disease and particular attention paid to aging, neurological disorders and the immune and cardiovascular systems.
Foundations of Synthetic Biology - BIOE96046
To introduce students to the principles of genetic engineering, synthetic biology and the design of biological machines.