Hiring Program Manager Synthetic Biology

manager synthetic biology

Manager Synthetic Biology Program Summary The position of Manager Synthetic Biology Program is available within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering to support the research program of the Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology. This position is located at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. The Manager Synthetic Biology Program will provide administrative support to the program, […]

Apply to Q-Bio Summer School

There is still time to apply to the 2016 Q-Bio Summer School. Applications are due on Monday, February 16 at 11:59pm (MST). The application requires a CV and a 1-page statement of interest in the summer school (combined into a single .pdf). Scholarships are available. To apply now, please visit the Q-Bio website: https://www.openconf.org/qbioss2016/openconf.php The […]

Noisy foresight

Twenty years ago, I was just a boy with a crazy dream of building stochastic models of the noise affecting the expression of genes in living cells. Back in the 90s this idea sounded like an heresy. The dominant paradigm of the time was to consider that gene regulation was a qualitative and deterministic process […]

Recent CSU Publications

This is a list of  CSU publications referenced in Pubmed. All these publications have one author affiliated with Colorado State University. They have been discussed in social media over the last week. They are ordered by the impact they had over the last seven days. This list is updated in real-time. Come back often to stay in […]

Moving to CSU

After 10 years at Virginia Tech, it is not without emotion that I am moving to CSU. I have joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at Colorado State University who offered me the Abell Chair in Synthetic Biology. Moving to CSU represents an exceptional opportunity to join a vibrant community […]

Essential Social Media Tools

social-media-tools

Many scientists think that they don’t have the time to develop a presence in social media. Like many people in other trades, scientists are busy and cannot spend half of their day on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Many tools are available that make it possible to automate many of the activities associated with […]

Noise in synthetic genetic oscillators

This paper focuses on characterizing the stochastic dynamics of previously described synthetic genetic oscillators. It is a very nice combination of experimental and computational work. The computational aspect includes both image analysis and parameter estimation. They breakdown the noise into different components including intrinsic noise, cell cycle noise, and parameter variability by looking at the expression […]

Biocomplexity Institute

On December 1st, 2015, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) became the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. VBI was created 15 years ago, at a time when the acquisition and analysis of genomics sequences was the new frontier of biology. Today, the new frontier has shifted toward understanding networks of interacting entities from molecules to human […]

Entrainment of a genetic oscillator

This paper from Bill Mather group in the Physics Department at Virginia Tech shows how a genetic oscillator responds to noisy signals. The authors show that the oscillator gets entrained despite the noise affecting the input signal. This is a nice use of an existing oscillator developed in Jeff Hasty’s group. After demonstrating this property […]

Synthetic biology textbooks

synthetic biology books

I recently came across a couple of synthetic biology textbooks that you may find useful if you have not seen them yet. BioBuilder published by O’Reilly in July 2015. The lead author is Natalie Kuldell  who is an Instructor in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT as well as Founder and President of the […]