Synthetic biology


Working across boundaries

The strong interdisciplinary focus and mode of operation in the MIB enables our scientists and engineers to drive state-of-the-art biotechnology research through establishing new types of collaboration. The MIB’s approach is pluralistic, integrative and non-exclusive functioning flexibly as a partner to researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines which are fluid and constantly evolving. Using advanced quantitative methods to explore the relationship between the macro behaviour of biological systems and the properties of their nanoscale components we see this understanding as a basis for developing new biotechnologies that will find applications in areas such as human health, the energy economy, food security, industrial transformations and the environment. A defining feature of our mission is the incorporation of rigorous, cutting-edge principles and technologies derived from the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computation into novel approaches to elucidating the molecular mechanisms that underpin living processes and systems. An extensive programme of technology development lies at the heart of our research programmes, driven by expertise from the quantitative sciences and engineering, allowing us to accelerate progress through the implementation of state-of-the-art enabling technologies.

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Biotechnology is a field of biology that involves the manipulation of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine and other fields for human benefit. Interdisciplinary in nature it draws on the pure biological sciences and in many instances is dependent upon knowledge and methods outside of biology at the engineering and physical sciences interface.

Related links

Dual award PhD in Synthetic and Systems Biology
Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3)
Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM)
Michael Barber Centre for Collaborative Mass Spectrometry (MBCMS)
Manchester Centre for Biophysics and Catalysis (MCBC)
National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) 
Future BRH Biomanufacturing Research Hub