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This course aims to introduce the engineering principles of synthetic biology to science and engineering undergraduate students in order to equip them with the tools necessary to design and build a functional biological system and, in doing so, program novel cellular function and behavior to solve engineering problems and test biological hypotheses.
Synthetic biology is emerging as a new engineering discipline by applying engineering principles to biology such as the standardization of modular components, abstraction of complex systems, and decoupling of fabrication from design. Complex, novel biological systems are engineered to solve industrial, medical and environmental engineering problems such as the bioremediation of toxic waste, the microbial production of the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, and the biosynthesis of hydrogen or butanol as an alternative fuel source.
Course coordinator: Erik Fernandez
Meeting times: T, R
- This course will be offered next year for old and new VGEM Team members.