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Synthetic Biology underpins advances in the bioeconomy

Biological systems - including the simplest cells - exhibit a broad range of functions to thrive in their environment. Research in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology is focused on the possibility of engineering the underlying biochemical processes to solve many of the challenges facing society, from healthcare to sustainable energy. In particular, we model, analyse, design and build biological and biochemical systems in living cells and/or in cell extracts, both exploring and enhancing the engineering potential of biology. 

As part of our research we develop novel methods to accelerate the celebrated Design-Build-Test-Learn synthetic biology cycle. As such research in the Centre for Synthetic Biology highly multi- and interdisciplinary covering computational modelling and machine learning approaches; automated platform development and genetic circuit engineering ; multi-cellular and multi-organismal interactions, including gene drive and genome engineering; metabolic engineering; in vitro/cell-free synthetic biology; engineered phages and directed evolution; and biomimetics, biomaterials and biological engineering.



BibTex format

author = {Ceroni, F and Blount, BA and Ellis, T},
doi = {10.1016/j.cels.2016.08.004},
journal = {Cell Systems},
pages = {116--117},
title = {Sensing the Right Time to Be Productive},
url = {},
volume = {3},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Engineered E. coli can be made to autonomously switch from growth to production by a modular two-gate system that reduces the burden of biosynthesis.
AU - Ceroni,F
AU - Blount,BA
AU - Ellis,T
DO - 10.1016/j.cels.2016.08.004
EP - 117
PY - 2016///
SN - 2405-4720
SP - 116
TI - Sensing the Right Time to Be Productive
T2 - Cell Systems
UR -
UR -
VL - 3
ER -