Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM)


Synthetic biology aims at the rational design of biological systems and living organisms using engineering principles, to achieve new useful functions in a modular, reliable and predictable way. It has the potential to drive a new industrial revolution in biotechnology, with applications in many sectors, including healthcare, sustainable energy, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals, novel materials and bioremediation.

Synthetic biology requires cutting-edge research at the interface of biology, engineering, chemistry and computing science. The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology has assembled one of the strongest interdisciplinary teams with world-class expertise in all these areas in a single state-of-the-art facility. Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM) based at the MIB is actively engaged in challenging research projects that enable us to make significant advances in science to benefit industry and society. We currently maintain a portfolio that is already providing synbio solutions to the green manufacture of fine chemicals, therapeutic small molecules and new routes to biofuels.

Strategic links in this field have been developed with a number of SMEs as well as large global companies through regular Industry Days bringing together academia and industry in focussed groups to explore future perspectives in synthetic biology. In addition we have links with international Centres of Excellence including the Austrian Centre for Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB), CSIRO biofuels cluster in Australia, SynBerc in the US, Beijing Genomics Institute and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as well as several SynBio centres across Europe.

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There are currently no available positions in the Centre.

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MIB-based Synthetic Biology Researchers

SYNBIOCHEM Directors                                                            SYNBIOCHEM Director of Operations

Professor Nigel Scrutton                                                           Dr Rosalind Le Feuvre
Professor Eriko Takano
Professor Nicholas Turner

SYNBIOCHEM Principal Investigators      SYNBIOCHEM Co-Investigators
Rainer Breitling David Leys 
 Douglas Kell Pedro Mendes
Jean-Loup Faulon Neil Dixon
Jason Micklefield Sabine Flitsch
Roy Goodacre Andrew Munro
Perdita Barran Sam Hay
George Guo-Qiang Chen Nicholas Lockyer
Carole Goble Daniela Delneri
Philip Shapira Jon Lloyd
MIB Based Synthetic Biology Researchers  Peter Martin
Ross King James Winterburn
Aline Miller Sally Randles
Clare Mills Sarah Chan
  Andy Balmer
  Adisa Asapagic

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