Health Seminar: Life Redesigned – The Emergence of Synthetic Biology

The Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering and Armour College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) are honored to host a lecture by Dr. J.J. Collins, from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Center of Synthetic Biology at Boston University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University. Dr. Collins will present his lecture Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology at 1:50 pm on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Wishnick Hall, Room 113. Reception to follow lecture.

Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists and biologists to model, design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms.

These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, rapid diagnostic tests, and targeted therapies to attack “superbugs”. In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells, and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in biocomputing, biotechnology and biomedicine.

This event will earn you Engineering Themes credit in Health.