Synthetic biology and biotechnology

We utilise techniques in molecular genetics and synthetic biology techniques to address a diverse range of research questions.

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Our research looks at how biological molecules lead to cellular function and misfunction. We also have a strong focus on translating basic research into applied biotechnology; biological systems are exploited to develop new techniques, technologies, processes and products for use beyond academia.

We have a history of spin-out companies based on the research done by teams in our department and regularly form collaborations with industrial partners.

Opportunities for study


For further information and research opportunities, please see the staff page of individual researchers below:

Research institutes

Our research on Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology is supported by and feeds into the following University Research Institutes.

Flagship institutes

The University’s four flagship institutes bring together our key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions.