About the Project
Synthetic biology, by engineering biological systems for specific functions, can have widespread applications. For example, microorganisms can be engineered to produce valuable chemicals that are difficult to synthesize. Moreover, building simple circuits with well-characterized molecular components can teach us a lot about biology. These minimal circuits provide us with a tractable context where we can control all of the components and their interactions (much like a biological electronic breadboard). The lab research goals are to engineer reliable synthetic gene circuits suitable for impactful applications, and to use them as models and tools to learn more about biology, in addition to generating useful perturbations to probe biological systems. Using approaches inspired by physics, these minimalistic models can give us deeper insights into biological systems.
The Potvin lab is located in the Center for Applied Synthetic Biology, the first and only synthetic biology center in Canada. The highly interdisciplinary and collaborative center is composed of groups of biologists, physicists, biochemists, and engineers, among others, and has state of the art facility, such as the recently inaugurated Genome Foundry. The Genome Foundry is equipped with automatized robotic instruments to facilitate the high-throughput assembly of genomes.
Please contact Professor Laurent Potvin-Trottier ([Email Address Removed]) or Professor Valter Zazubovits, Graduate Program Director ([Email Address Removed]) for more information.
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