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Canada's first training program for Synthetic Biology

Supported by the NSERC-CREATE program

Participate in applied synthetic biology training at Concordia

Technological advancements and industrial applications in the field of Synthetic Biology are growing at an astounding pace, and Concordia is a leading institution in developing this expertise in Canada. SynBioApps is Canada’s premier Collaborative Research and Training Experience (NSERC-CREATE) program focused on Synthetic Biology and its real-world applications. To cultivate tomorrow’s leading synthetic biologists, participating students will be immersed in both academic and industrial synthetic biology applications.

Students will learn how to design and construct cells and proteins for the development of new products related to human health, green technologies, and fundamental biological investigations. As well as methods of DNA construction and data gathering using the latest in automated equipment, bioinformatics tools will be applied to understand the use of computational modeling and design in synthetic biology. Students will benefit from Concordia University’s excellent facilities and research environment, working with the Genome Foundry, Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology and Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics.

In addition, students will get cross-disciplinary training and internship opportunities through industry and government partners as well as Concordia’s District 3 Innovation Center to explore commercially viable opportunities in their field of research.

Through training in theory, lab techniques, ethics, entrepreneurship and communications, this program will foster the next generation of highly qualified synthetic biology professionals, and promote opportunities for women in the field.

SynBioApps fellowships will be awarded to highly qualified candidates based on merit and need.

For more information, contact Orly Weinberg at

While this program is primarily for graduate students, there is also summer internship funding available for undergraduates participating in the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM).

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