Caltech Synthetic Biology Journal Club

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Past Reading

SynBio @ Caltech

  • We are a journal club at Caltech, getting graduate students together to discuss synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.


  • First meeting 1/21/2011, 4pm, location TBA.

Weekly Topics

We'll start with a broad introduction to popular topics in synthetic biology, then figure out the logistics for future weeks - this will most likely involve rotating responsibility for presenting material each week. If you think the first few weeks will only cover old papers for you, feel free to jump in later.

  • Week 1: Introduction to Synthetic Biology (Emzo and Joe)
    • Synthetic biology: new engineering rules for an emerging discipline. Andrianantoandro E, Basu S, Karig DK and Weiss R. Mol Sys Bio. 2:2006.0028 [1]
    • Synthetic biology: applications come of age. Khalil AS and Collins JJ. Nature Reviews Genetics 11: 367-379 (2010) [2]

  • Week 2: DNA Level Control (Emzo)
    • Construction of a genetic toggle switch in Escherichia coli. Gardner TS, Cantor CR and Collins JJ. Nature 403: 339-342 (2000). [3]
    • Synthetic gene networks that count. Friedland AE, Lu TK, Wang X, Shi D, Church G, Collins JJ. Science 324:1199-1202 (2009). [4]

  • Week 3: Oscillators & Dynamics (Emzo)
    • A Synthetic Oscillatory Network of Transcriptional Regulators. Elowitz MB, Leibler S. Nature. 403:335-8. (2000) [5]
    • A fast, robust and tunable synthetic gene oscillator. Stricker J, Cookson S, Bennett MR, Mather WH, Tsimring LS, Hasty J. Nature. 456:516-19 (2008) [6]

  • Week 4: RNA Based Regulation (Joe)

  • Week 5: Multiple Genes - Gene Network Engineering (Joe)

  • Week 6: Multiple Cells - Quorum Sensing and Cell-Cell Communication (Joe)


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