Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Biology has been defined as the design and construction of new biological parts, devices and systems (that do not already exist in the natural world) or the redesign and fabrication of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes. Its goal is to learn how to engineer and build self-organizing systems that recapitulate biological functions and show new functions with industrial applications in environment, health care, and energy.
The Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology (iSSB) is located in Évry (near Paris). The iSSB is a research unit of the University of Évry-Val-d'Essonne, CNRS and also granted by Genopole®. The Institute is structured into 5 research teams oriented toward the development of Systems and Synthetic Biology. Systems Biology integrates experimental, theoretical, and computational studies to model living systems. In this research area, the MEGA and Metamorphosys teams develop models and experimental methods for studying the structure, architecture, expression, and evolution of genomes. Synthetic Biology uses Systems Biology models to design, build, and test new biological circuits and devices (Xenome, Synth-Bio and Bio-RetroSynth teams).
We have opened the first European M2 master in Systems and Synthetic Biology (master 2 in Systems & Synthetic Biology evaluated A+ by the national evaluation agency, the highest score). Based on the success of our master program, the key features of our master and PhD educational project are: international recruitment of students, multidisciplinarity, intervention of international speakers for seminar series, internships offered by foreign laboratories, encouraged participation of students to the annual Synthetic Biology competition iGEM.