Synthetic Biology



Imperial College London (Web Link)
NTU has also established strong collaborative links in synthetic biology with the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI) at Imperial College London, through the NTU-Imperial College Joint PHD program started in 2009. Our collaborators include Prof Richard Kitney and Prof Paul Freemont from the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI) at Imperial College London.

CSynBI is the UK Funding Agency’s (EPSRC) National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation. Early in 2009, Imperial College won a competition to establish a National Centre for Synthetic Biology. This was established, with a major UK Government Grant, in the Spring of 2009. The full time staff of CSynBI currently comprises 10 PIs and 50 other scientists. It is generally recognised to be in one of the top two leading synthetic biology centres in Europe. The Centre works in two areas (i) the development of platform technology, which can be used across a wide range of applications; and (ii) application projects in a range of fields. Currently, CSynBI is working with fifteen companies, including a number of multinationals on projects.

The Centre has recently been awarded the innovation and knowledge centre grant (IKC). The IKC will be the primary vehicle for the industrial translation of synthetic biology in the UK and will, from its inception, work closely with major companies and SMEs.

We also work closely with Professor Peter Nixon of the Biochemistry Department (Change of Life Sciences Department) on synthetic biology of plants. ( Link )

Genome Institute of Singapore (Web Link)
We collaborate closely with Ng Huck Hui, the Institute Director, who is one of the world’s leading authorities in genomics and stem cell biology. His laboratory has made major contributions in deconstructing genetic regulatory networks that control pluripotency in human and mouse embryonic stem cells. He is also well-known for his work on reprogramming and has served as a mentor for many successful young scientists. For his outstanding scientific achievements, Prof Ng has won many local and international awards, including the President’s Science Award and the Chen New Investigator Award.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
We work closely with Prof Zhao Huimin, Centennial Endowed Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (University of Illinois); Affiliate, Department of Chemistry; Member of the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology and Institute for Genomic Biologythe Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI) at Imperial College London.