We’ve partnered with CSIRO to create a world-class collaborative research capability in synthetic biology and advance technology adoption by Australian industry.
QUT and the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform have launched a world-class collaborative research capability in synthetic biology. The research program is located at QUT’s Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. Synthetic biology, or SynBio, is a rapidly emerging interdisciplinary science that enables researchers to adapt engineering principles to biology. It has the potential to deliver breakthroughs in biotechnology, health diagnostics and industrial biocatalysts.
Professor Kirill Alexandrov leads the research program at QUT and abridges the two organisations to provide a collaborative and translational environment. Professor Alexandrov is one of Australia’s leading synthetic biologists and a serial biotechnology entrepreneur. The arrangement provides access to the facilities and expertise within QUT, including proteomics and mass spectrometry, fermentation and next-generation genome sequencing facilities.
The initiative aims to:
- Establish a world-class collaborative research capability in synthetic biology
- Train a new cohort of synthetic biologists with a focus on protein systems engineering
- Build an Australian facility for engineering of functional protein modules
- Drive the use of biotechnological applications and their uptake by Australian industries