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SynBioApps

Canada's first training program for Synthetic Biology

Supported by the NSERC-CREATE program

Program goals

  1. Synthetic biology knowledge base
  2. Capacity for scientific research & problem solving
  3. Design skills for both product & process
  4. Advanced automation tools for genome building and editing
  5. Structural & functional genomics data analysis
  6. Computational simulation & use of design tools
  7. Capacity for independent & team-based projects
  8. Oral communications & technical writing capability
  9. Innovation, entrepreneurship and other business skills
  10. Knowledge of legal & ethical issues, and social & environmental awareness

Training program

Program training includes hands-on learning of various synthetic biology technologies and methodologies. Participating researchers bring a range of expertise including computer modeling, organism and protein design tools, DNA and RNA construction methods, microfluidics and bioinformatics. Students will engage in multidisciplinary team projects to apply synbio techniques and project design to real world, industry-led challenges. Training activities include:

  • Thesis research project in a laboratory using cutting-edge synthetic biology approaches.
  • Participation in two graduate level courses: Tools of Synthetic Biology and Synthetic Biology and Industrial Applications.
  • First-semester rotations through two labs to master complementary bench or computational skills that can be applied to a student’s research project goals.
  • Guest speakers in the field will be brought in, and attendance at special lectures and conferences is supported.
  • Optional participation in academic exchanges or industrial co-operative internships.
  • Optional mentoring of undergraduate iGEM competition team project.
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