Synthetic biology is the rational design and engineering of biological systems for useful purposes.
BBI encompasses synthetic biology and biodesign research and innovation across the University of Bristol and with our key collaborators.
Researchers across the BBI draw together a broad base of theoretical and experimental expertise across the life, physical and engineering sciences to address the understanding, design and engineering of biomolecules, biomolecular systems, and bioinspired devices.
These are over 100 active biodesign projects taking place across the University. These involve academics, researchers and students from many different disciplines.
Our work is oriented around the following themes:
Building stripped-down versions of life using protocells, genome delivery systems and synthetic cytoskeletons.
Rational design and engineering of novel therapeutic platforms and technologies.
Materials and novel chemistries
Re-engineering natural product pathways and novel enzymes for industry.
Computational modelling, AI and machine learning for biodesign.
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Unlocking the social and economic value of synthetic biology technologies.
RRI and public engagement
Co-creating synthetic biology research with citizens and civil society organisations.