The study of synthetic biology combines principles of biology, genetics and
chemistry, to engineer cells to do useful things. In this multidisciplinary course,
students will work in small groups to identify and conduct experiments to solve
an outstanding problem with biotechnological and societal impact. Students will
apply their knowledge of bacterial and eukaryotic regulatory processes as they
manipulate biological parts to generate more complex systems. Applications
of synthetic biology include engineering of tissues and cells, gene therapy,
biologically-derived drugs, biomaterials, biosensors, and alternative fuels.
Lecture: 3 hours per week. Laboratory: 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: A grade
of ‘C’ or better in Basic Techniques in Biotechnology and Advanced Techniques in
Biotechnology or BIO 121 and CHE 121.