Imperial College London

Dr. Patrik R. Jones

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Reader in Metabolic Engineering



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Organiser, Metabolic and Network Engineering. (Undergraduate)

Metabolic and Network Engineering - LS3-MNE


Firstly, the aim of the course is to introduce students to the theory and methodology that is used to engineer biology for an applied objective. Secondly, the aim is for students to appreciate (in part through direct experience) the challenges involved in the design, engineering and evaluation of biocatalytic systems. Thirdly, students will learn about the challenges and opportunities related to using engineered biology for commercial industrial application through direct discussions with representatives of industry and entrepreneurship. The course focuses on two distinct sub-fields of biological engineering, the micro-level pathway/catalyst (metabolic engineering) and the macro-level whole-cell system (network engineering).

Objectives include:

  • Understand key factors that control metabolism and gene networks
  • Know what tool/method to choose in order to achieve engineering objective and analyze/predict its outcome
  • Design alternative strategies to overcome engineering challenges
  • Understand factors that limit commercial use of engineered microorganisms
  • Research and present a strategy to convert an idea into a biotechnological business