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The synth-bio group works on the design, synthesis and characterization of synthetic regulatory pathways. Our objective is to systematically construct models from scratch, either of synthetic protein, enzyme or nucleic acid parts, or of genetic devices (oscillators, inverters, amplifiers, digital devices, memory units...), taking special care to: the part characterisation; the proteomic/transcriptomic analysis of the E. coli chassis and the re-use of that data in simulations to predict the final behaviour. This approach has the advantages of being quantitative, reproducible and it builds from the current knowledge of the rational design of parts and systems. We will take advantage of our automated computational design methodologies that could be later used with other model systems. We will also benefit from the increasingly available high-throughput data in structural and systems biology. We take advantage of MIT's biobrick database to experimentally construct and characterise our designs and we will incorporate back into the software the necessary design specifications that will arise from the experiments.

The design of more complex genetic devices will pose important questions such as the designability of biological networks, the scalability of the assembly of devices, the most appropriate way to model devices from modular components, or the robustness under noises or under evolutionary pressure. Our aim is to address such questions by extending our computational design methodology while working with concrete projects to be experimentally validated. We will work with an E. coli chassis implementing the different types of genetic devices (sensor, regulatory and metabolic) that would arise from the previous projects.

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University of Evry-Val-d'Essonne

5 rue Henri Desbruères
Genopole Campus 1, Bât. 6

Phone: +33(0)1 69 47 44 30
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Longitude: E  2° 27' 4''
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    Post-doc proposal in Synthetic Biology.

    Research Thematic School on advances in Systems & Synthetic Biology, March 23-27, 2015, in Strasbourg.

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    iSSB has received the Genopole award for Research Innovation, which rewards Genopole players achieving major scientific advances. This price has been awarded after selection by an external jury composed of researchers, entrepreneurs and journalists. Please see the video.

    *   logo_iGEM2014.jpg The iGEM-Evry-2014 team , launched by mSSB students and hosted by iSSB, create a new biological system with environmental applications. Please see their "Sponge Patrol" project on their website. The team won a bronze medal at the final jamboree in Boston.

IronLogo.jpg * The iGEM-Evry 2013 team: "human practice" price, gold medal at the European final. It was one of the 2 French teams selected for the world final in Boston.

copy_of_IFrog.jpg *  iGEM-Evry-2012 team: two prices (best model, best human practices), gold medal at the European jamboree, selection for the world final.