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Department of Biochemistry

Department of Biochemistry


The Department of Biochemistry has several researchers working to further our understanding of systems with potential synthetic biology applications. Steve Oliver's lab predict metabolic gene interaction in yeast, which is essential to engineering novel pathways synthetic biology. Peter Leadlay's group perform detailed functional analysis of novel polyketide natural product gene clusters to explore their potential for synthesising new drugs. Paul Dupree and Chris Howe are involved in the OpenPlant project looking at carbohydrate engineering. The Hollfelder Group has developed lab-on-a-chip systems for the screening of millions of new enzyme catalysts to allow high-throughput screening of synthetic parts.


Department of Biochemistry
80 Tennis Court Road,
01223 333600


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.