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Developing novel synthetic biology tools for next generation biologics and biomaterial manufacturing

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Baojun Wang
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Interested individuals must follow Steps 1, 2 and 3 at this link on how to apply

The recent advances in synthetic biology have now enabled us to generate new tools for producing customised protein-based biologics or biomaterials by unlocking the potential of non-natural living materials. In this project, we will develop new genetic and protein based tools and technologies to control the production of large, difficult-to-express or toxic proteins/enzymes in microbial cell factories with an aim of increased yields and improved quality. These proteins generally possess important therapeutic or bio-catalytic functions and thus are of high economical and societal value. In addition, we will develop and apply these scale tools to produce tunable biomaterials with customised mechanical or optical functionalities that could have either military or wide civil usage. For instance, protection biomaterials may be engineered which is resistant to strong mechano stretch yet still extremely light and transparent.

The project will provide the student a comprehensive training of advanced molecular cloning and genetic tools, innovative synthetic biology techniques, microbiology and biochemistry skills. The research thus gives the student an inter-disciplinary research experience and cutting edge technologies exposure to prepare well for his/her future research career. The student may also benefit from the opportunity to work collaboratively with some of our industrial partners in biotechnology and biomedicine.

Further information about the lab can be found at http://wang.bio.ed.ac.uk/ and informal enquiries may be made to [Email Address Removed].

Funding Notes

Please follow the instructions on how to apply http://www.ed.ac.uk/biology/prospective-students/postgraduate/pgr/how-to-apply

If you would like us to consider you for one of our scholarships you must apply by 12 noon on Monday 5th December 2016 at the latest.


Bryksin et al., “Learning from nature - novel synthetic biology approaches for biomaterial design”, Acta Biomaterialia, 2014, 10:1761-9.

Linke, “Biomaterials: Spider strength and stretchability”, Nature Chemical Biology, 2010, 6, 702–703

Bradley and Wang, “Designer cell signal processing circuits for biotechnology”, New Biotechnology, 2015, 32:635-643

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