Seminar - Systems and synthetic biology: constructing smart and programmable microbes to address global problems

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Dr. Tae Seok Moon
Associate Professor, SynBYSS Chair & EBRC Council Member - Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
entitled:
Seminar - Systems and synthetic biology: constructing smart and programmable microbes to address global problems

Sponsored by: The Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Please note, this seminar will be Hybrid (in-person & Zoom). The seminar will be in LSC2 but if you prefer to join via Zoom, please join with the meeting ID & Passcode sent in the M&I email or email parvin@mail.ubc.ca for how to join! 
 


 

Abstract: The past decade has witnessed the tremendous power of systems and synthetic biology in the creation of genetic parts, devices, and systems, which helps understand complex biological systems.  However, its potential for real-world applications has not been fully exploited.  One of its promising applications is the construction of programmable cells that are able to integrate multiple environmental signals and to implement synthetic control over biological processes.  My research interests are focused on developing microbes that are able to process multiple input signals and to generate user-defined outputs. Specifically, I aim to build genetic programs in order to control various bacterial processes such as gene expression, chemical reactions, and evolution.  I will present unpublished results of my research projects bydiscussing the potential and challenges of systems and synthetic biology to address global problems, including plastic and agricultural waste issues, non-invasive diagnostics and disease treatment using smart probiotics, sustainable bioproduction, and biocontainment of engineered organisms.


This work is supported by U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Office of Naval Research, U. S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Gates Foundation.

Monday, March 7, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location:
Life Sciences Centre, LSC 2
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Hosted by
Dr. Steven Hallam