Warwick’s iGEM students take on E.coli

Warwick’s 2017 iGEM team, Blueprint 361, is determined to make E.coli work in their favour. The team is made up of 5 engineering undergrads, 4 students from the School of Life Sciences and a chemist, and are supervised by Dr Alfonso Jaramillo. To meet the team, check out their video.

Their project is going to use E.coli to produce a biopolymer, which will then in turn be used as the bio-ink for their 3D printer. Over the course of the summer months, the team have been relentlessly working away in many labs around the campus to use this system for the creation of surface coatings with improved biocompatibility and osseointegration. If successful, the team could see revolutionary increase in both the strength and versatility of artificial joints and dental implants.

Excitingly, further development could even see this technology lead to the 3D printing of biological structures, such as trachea frameworks or even organ scaffolds.

The Blueprint 361 team will be taking their project to Boston in November 2017 to compete in the iGEM Jamboree against over 300 other teams from around the world. The team are urgently seeking additional funds in order to allow them to further develop their project. Can you help them? If so, please email igem@warwick.ac.uk.

iGEM is an international synthetic biology competition, which was established by MIT in 2003. Each iGEM team works over the summer to produce a new genetically engineered biological system, and competes in the following categories: the environment, manufacturing, diagnostics, therapeutics and food.

Keep up to date with the team here:

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Review 2017

The 2017 WISB review workshop will take place on the 7th of June in the Oculus building at the University of Warwick.

The programme will primarily showcase the work of our PDRAs, Research Fellows and SynBio CDT PhD students. For those of you who are already familiar with WISB, these presentations will provide a valuable update on all of our science and technology development activities. For those of you who are relatively new to this community, these presentations will reveal the breadth of excellent work that is being done in the centre.

 

 

 

Great new employment opportunity!

Applications are now closed for this position. Keep an eye out for more opportunities in the future.

We are looking for a WISB Research & Outreach Manager

This post will suit a candidate with a background in research who wishes to develop a career in research programme management, learning and/or applying skills in financial oversight, grant proposal writing, research communication and outreach activities.

Apply now for a PhD starting in October 2017

Applications can be made to the SynBio CDT programme for the remaining two PhDs starting in October 2017. The 4-year studentships cover UK/EU Tuition Fees in full and pay an annual stipend. The next application deadline is 30th April 2017.

The SynBioCDT draws upon the breadth and depth of multidisciplinary expertise within the research environment at the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick to offer comprehensive training in the design and engineering of biologically based parts, devices and systems as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems across all scales from molecules to organisms.

Students from a wide range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For more details see the SynBioCDT website.

Recruitment for the 2017 iGEM Team Now Open!

Are you a University of Warwick undergraduate student currently studying in a Science-related discipline?  If so, why not apply to be part of the 2017 University of Warwick iGEM Team?

As part of the team, you’ll develop a laboratory project and learn about synthetic biology, outreach, public engagement and experimental techniques along the way. In November 2017 you’ll travel to the iGEM Jamboree to present your project alongside over 250 other teams from across the globe.

We’re looking for 8-10 enthusiastic individuals from a science discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, engineering, maths, medicine, physics), who can commit time during the Spring and Summer terms to develop a project idea, and to work on the project over the Summer vacation.

Please see the WISB iGEM webpage for more details, including details of previous Warwick projects.  To apply, please complete the online application form.

Applications will close on 10th March 2017.

Applications close for 2017 entry to SynBio CDT

The application deadline has just been passed for SynBio CDT PhD studentships starting in October 2017. The 4-year studentships cover UK/EU Overseas Tuition Fees in full and pay an annual stipend.

The SynBioCDT draws upon the breadth and depth of multidisciplinary expertise within the research environment at the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick to offer comprehensive training in the design and engineering of biologically based parts, devices and systems as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems across all scales from molecules to organisms.

Students from a wide range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For more details see the SynBioCDT website.

Two new WISB RCDF appointments!

We are delighted to announce that Eleanor Jameson and Emanuel de los Santos have been awarded WISB Research Career Development Fellowships. Together with Byron Carpenter and Lauren Swiney, this means that we now have four Fellows in the Centre.

The remaining RCDF post will be advertised shortly.

ELSA Workshop

Why all the fuss about public engagement?

WISB hosted a 2-day workshop exploring how synthetic biology research is connected to the external world and how it can be opened up and shared with the public.

Watch the video to find out what our researchers discovered when they examined the ethical, legal and societal aspects (ELSA) of their research with the help of Britt Wray, a collaborator from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.