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SYNTHESIS laboratory exchange
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The aim of the SynBion Network will be to explore the full range of what biologically designed elements could achieve in the fields of electronics, optics, opto-electroincs and magnetics and combinations of these fields. Over the three years the Network members will be challenged to discuss not only the design of novel bio-electronic and bio-optical devices and also to consider how to best manufacture and scale-up such devices.
The initial network will bring together biologists (molecular biologists, microbiologists, biophysicists and bioinformaticians), social scientists, physicists, chemists, chemical and biochemical engineers. The ability to design and construct novel genetic entities leads to issues of ethical, social and legal challenges which we are addressing at UCL with members of the Science and Technology Studies department.
SynBion is being led by Professor John Ward of the Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology at UCL with Dr Irilenia Nobeli from the Department of Crystallogrophy at Birkbeck. The Synbion Network also includes 5 other universities in the UK.
SynBion is jointly funded by the BBSRC and EPSRC with additional funds from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
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