WISB holds seminars throughout the year.  Our seminar series includes guest presentations from leading international academics from synthetic biology and related disciplines and commercial organisations.

Seminars are held at the Gibbet Hill Campus, University of Warwick.

Upcoming Seminar

Richard I Kitney

Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering, Chairman of the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology


Synthetic biology @ Imperial College – Its Development, Information Systems, Standardisation and Characterisation.

1 p.m. Wednesday 5th July 2017

MRI, School of Life Sciences

The seminar will discuss some of our basic ideas associated with the development of synthetic biology. This will be done by considering some of the key differences between synthetic biology (or the engineering of biology) and more traditional molecular biology. This will lead onto a discussion of some of the key points of the three major strategic reports on synthetic biology published in the UK.

The next major section of the seminar relates to the development of synthetic biology at Imperial College. The ideas relating to synthetic biology will then be described in terms of the Imperial College strategy for the area. The basic approach is one of developing platform technology, leading to application areas. This will be described and put into the context of the design cycle and the basic principles of modularisation, characterisation and standardisation.

The development of SynbiCITE will be discussed in the context of the three major foci: the Science, Engineering   Design and Applications Hub; the Facilities Hub; and the Business and Outreach Hub. The second half of the seminar will relate to a specific area of research; namely, information systems, standardisation and characterisation. Standardisation will be considered primarily in terms of the development of a new characterisation standard, DICOM-SB. The process of characterisation will be described in terms of a case study comprising constitutive promoters. This section will also cover the development of an information system (SynBIS) and how this is used in relation to characterisation involving our DNA foundry. The final part of the seminar will consider next steps in relation to industrial translation.

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Past Seminars

Professor Kim Sneppen

Director for center for Models of Life, Niels Bohr Institute
June 06, 2017

Matthias Heinemann

University of Groningen
May 03, 2017

Dr. Arren Bar-Even

Research Group Leader - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
April 19, 2017

Dr John Sinfield

Biacore Application Specialist, GE Healthcare
March 07, 2017

Prof. Nico Boon

Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology - Ghent University
February 01, 2017

Dr Vitor Pinheiro

Senior Lecturer in Synthetic Biology, UCL
November 02, 2016

Dr Michael L Roberts

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Synpromics
June 15, 2016
Dr Richard Daniel

Dr Richard Daniel

Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University
June 01, 2016
Dr Teuta Pilizota

Dr Teuta Pilizota

Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, University of Edinburgh
May 18, 2016

Dr Andy Boyce

Knowledge Transfer Network
April 20, 2016

Birger Lindberg Møller

Director of Center for Synthetic Biology, Professor in Plant biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen
February 24, 2016

Dr Jose Jimenez

Lecturer in Synthetic Biology, University of Surrey
February 10, 2016

Tara Hill

Twist Bioscience
December 02, 2015

Professor Nigel Scrutton

Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and SYNBIOCHEM
November 11, 2015

John Lawry and Mark Beswick

Becton Dickinson
November 04, 2015

Professor Wei Huang

University of Oxford
October 28, 2015

Dr Seung-Goo Lee

Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology
October 23, 2015

Dr Haseong Kim

Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology
October 23, 2015

Patrick Cai

Director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, University of Edinburgh
October 14, 2015

Victor Sourjik

Loewe Center for Synthetic Microbiology
September 30, 2015

Dr Nicola Patron

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich
August 05, 2015

Dr Tom Ellis

Faculty of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London
July 08, 2015

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