Innovations in Cell-Free Synthetic Biology

02 Mar 2018
02 Mar 2018 | 2-3PM
MD7-02-09

Innovations in Cell-Free Synthetic Biology

Cell-free transcription-translation systems were originally applied towards in vitro protein production. More recently, synthetic biology is enabling these systems to be used within a systematic design context for prototyping DNA regulatory elements, genetic logic circuits and biosynthetic pathways. My talk will explore innovations in cell-free synthetic biology using examples from my own research including the establishment of cell-free methods and toolkits for new bacterial strains, most recently Bacillus subtilis as well as the development of an E. coli cell-free system for prototyping biopolymers (PHA-based bioplastics).