Latest Update: April 2010
Research in the Ellis Lab focuses on advancing biotechnology through the use of synthetic biology. Projects fall into one of two categories or belong in both:
- 1. Foundational Synthetic Biology
Developing the tools for rapid, predictable engineering of biological devices and systems.
Examples: biopart design, assembly techniques and device synthesis, part and device characterisation, standardisation, chassis systems, mathematical models, design simulations
- 2. Applied Synthetic Biology
Using the synthetic biology approach in biotechnology applications .
Examples: combinatorial synthesis of pathways, modular design of biosensors
Investigating device-chassis interactions
Project Type: Foundational
Project Members: Rhys Algar
Collaborators: Guy-Bart Stan
Most gene devices demonstrated in synthetic biology have been high-expression strength regulatory networks hosted on mid-to-high copy number plasmids in E.coli.
Combinatorial assembly of a regulated Lycopene production pathway in yeast
Project Type: Foundational Applied
Project Members: Tom Ellis
Most gene devices demonstrated in synthetic biology have been high-expression strength regulatory networks hosted on mid-to-high copy number stuff.