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Synthetic Biology Summer Schools

For graduate students interested in getting intensive training in synthetic biology, there are several summer schools worth considering: CSHL Summer School in Synthetic Biology: This program spans 2 weeks and combines lectures and intensive lab experience. Application deadline is April 15th.  SSBSS 2017:The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential […]

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures

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I am glad to be part of a multi-institutional team newly commissioned to analyze the security of biomanufacturing infrastructures.  Facilities that manufacture biologic drugs like vaccines are a critical part of the nation’s biodefense infrastructure. Possible breaches of data systems controlling these biomanufacturing supply chains call for an assessment of their vulnerability to cyberattacks. The U.S. […]

Hiring Program Manager Synthetic Biology

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Synthetic biology textbooks

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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 […]

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD

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Teaching synthetic biology can be challenging because it involves concepts from so many fields.  I would like to give credit to two professors who have been teaching synthetic biology using GenoCAD. I was directly involved in the class taught by Massimiliano Pierobon at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Using video conference, I first gave a seminar […]

Security of Synthetic Biology

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The security of synthetic biology can be difficulty to assess. Last month we organized a week-long training on the security of synthetic biology for personnel of a government agency. This very hands-on training included wet lab activities to build a basic genetic circuit using a combination of de novo gene synthesis performed in house and […]