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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge

 

The Synthetic Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre provides a hub for anyone interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, including researchers, commercial partners and external collaborators.

Synthetic Biology is an emerging field which applies engineering principles to the design and modification of living systems. The University of Cambridge has been an important and early contributor in this area. The Synthetic Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre was established in 2013 with the support of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology to bring together related activities across the university and within the community.

Academic leadership of the IRC is provided by the Steering Committee, and supported by the IRC Coordinator who works with researchers and external partners to implement IRC activities. The major aims of the IRC are to:

  1. Provide a hub of interdisciplinary exchange for all those interested in Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge, from researchers and students to industrial partners and policy makers.
  2. Promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the University through regular events and seed funding competitions.
  3. Facilitate funding applications in the field of Synthetic Biology
  4. Initiate academic-industrial partnerships across the IRC Research Themes.
  5. Explore open technologies for innovation, widening participation in novel IP practices and business models for tools related to Synthetic Biology.
  6. Explore the wider social context of GM technologies at the local and global level, particularly responsible innovation for sustainability and conservation.

 

Annual Reports

 

Contact

If you have any queries, or would like more information please contact the IRC Coordinator, Stephanie Norwood, coordinator@synbio.cam.ac.uk.