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De novo engineering of biological circuits through in silico evolution

We developed a new strategy for a novel generation of synthetic regulatory networks relying on RNA instead of proteins as it occurs with conventional gene networks. Synthetic RNA molecules detect a small-molecule and transduce the signal into other RNA molecules that could be cascaded and/or combined through RNA-only pathways to finally control the expression of targeted proteins.

De novo engineering of biomolecules and phage-like particles through programmable evolution

We are programming phage and bacteria to "execute" in living cells combinatorial optimisation algorithms with the aim of creating novel biomolecules and antimicrobials. For this, we have developed a new type of directed evolution, which we call "programmable" because of its similarity with the von Neumann architecture.

We are looking for strongly motivated and talented people willing to contribute developing a disruptive methodology to create new molecules and phages different to anything known ("de novo"). In particular, we aim to create a new generation of personalized antimicrobials based on synthetic phages.




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Genopole Campus 1, Bât. 6

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Phone: +33(0)1 69 47 44 30
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To visit us, please follow Genopole access indications.  Once on Genopole campus 1, iSSB is located on the first floor of Building 6, which is the first building to your left as you cross the pedestrian gate, or to your right as you cross the car gate.


Longitude: E 2° 27' 4''
Latitude: N 48° 37' 7''



Symposium BioSynSys 2017. 3rd symposium of the GDR "Biologie de Synthèse et des Systèmes", 18 - 20 October, 2017, in Montpellier (France).

  Based on publications in synthetic biology, an independent study (Nov 2015) found that iSSB ranks 3rd lab in Europe and 9th in the world, despite a comparatively small size. 

 iSSB is pleased to announce the creation of the spin-off Inovactis, founded by two former mSSB students. 

  The European Experience 2016!  The teams iGEM Evry and iGEM IONIS have organized together a thrilling meeting week-end, gathering students from all Europe.