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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 [...]

Synthetic Biology Summer Schools2019-02-06T19:37:43+00:00

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures

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. [...]

Security of biomanufacturing infrastructures2019-02-06T19:38:06+00:00

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 [...]

Apply to Q-Bio Summer School2019-02-06T19:38:06+00:00

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 [...]

Noisy foresight2019-02-06T19:38:07+00:00

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 [...]

Moving to CSU2019-02-06T19:38:08+00:00

Essential 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 [...]

Essential Social Media Tools2019-04-03T23:39:30+00:00

Synthetic biology textbooks

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 [...]

Synthetic biology textbooks2019-02-06T19:38:09+00:00

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD

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 [...]

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD2019-02-06T19:38:09+00:00