Imperial College London

Professor Kitney

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 6226r.kitney Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Ms Tania Briggs +44 (0)20 7594 6226

 
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Location

 

3.16Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Synthetic Biology - LIFE96035

Aims

 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. 

 

Role

Lecturer

Foundations of Synthetic Biology - BIOE96046

Aims

The module aim is to teach the basic foundations for synthetic biology by learning how to engineer gene expression in E.coli. This will teach students to build DNA parts into programs that get cells to perfom basic tasks in sensing, logic and biosynthesis. Students who take this course will be able to take ADVANCED SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY in their 4th year - a joint-course with Life Science students focused on a mini-iGEM project.

Role

Lecturer