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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

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What we do

We promote interdisciplinary exchange in the field of synthetic biology through a regular series of events and by funding projects at the intersection of biology, engineering, computing and design. Here are some of the things we do:

Biomaker Winter Challenge

The Biomaker initiative is funding a computing challenge at the intersection of biology, engineering and computer sciences for winter 2018-2019.

Biomaker Website

Biomaker Challenge

Biomaker Challenge is a four-month programme challenging interdisciplinary teams to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology. From colorimeters to microfluidics, we’re looking for frugal and DIY approaches to biological experiments!

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BBSRC-EPSRC funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre: a joint initiative between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre to promote open technologies and exchange for plant synthetic biology.

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OpenPlant Fund

OpenPlant Fund offer up to £5k for innovative, open and interdisciplinary projects relevant to plant or in vitro Synthetic Biology. Projects run for six months and can include biological research, hardware prototyping, software, outreach and policy work.

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Café Synthetique

Join us for informal talks and discussion on synthetic biology and open technologies in Cambridge, meeting monthly at the Panton Arms.

Meetup site

Cell-free Synthetic Biology

In vitro or cell-free synthetic biology is a topic of growing interest to many groups in Cambridge and the Synthetic Biology SRI is pleased to announce an upcoming programme of activities to promote and support interdisciplinary work in this space.

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The Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative provides a hub for anyone interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, as well as commercial partners and external collaborators.