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Successful first Essex Synthetic Biology School

The University of Essex's first Essex Synthetic Biology School (ESBS) in July proved to be a great success.

06 August 2018

The five-day course targeted students and scientists interested in learning about synthetic biology from world-renowned experts, working with bacterial, yeast, plant and mammalian systems.

One of the organisers, Dr Boyd McKew (University of Essex), said: “The event was very successful, attracting delegates from industry and academia from around the globe.”

Delegates heard from an expert panel of speakers at the forefront of synthetic biology, including Jef Boeke, from New York University (NYU), and Ron Weiss, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Students got to try assembling synthetic pathways in bacteria and yeast in the afternoon lab sessions and also enjoyed networking at BBQ and hog roast events at Wivenhoe House hotel.

The ESBS was organised by Dr Boyd McKew (School of Biological Sciences) and Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio (School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering) at Essex, in conjunction with Dr Ben Miller (UEA) and Dr Chieh Hsu (University of Kent) from the Eastern ARC.