GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase

Initiator Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: David Leak
University of Bristol: Paul Race
Cardiff University: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Thomas Howard

Project outcomes
Synthetic biology is the application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological systems. It is an inherently multidisciplinary research area covering a broad range of challenges including biofuels and bioenergy, the transition towards a bioeconomy, medical and health-care advances, food security and advanced materials manufacture. As such synthetic biology underpins many of the GW4’s grand challenges.

This project has established a GW4 synthetic biology strategy group comprising researchers from all four universities which are now poised to push ahead with cross-institute collaborations. Further community events are planned in order to explore collaborative ideas and identify further funding. Potential funding has been identified, especially in the areas of security and future cities, where Research Councils UK, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and H2020 calls are expected in the next 12 months.