We leverage the latest advances in Synthetic Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry to understand and engineer complex systems.
1. Genetic Design Optimization
Living organisms build the most complex and useful chemicals known to man. We use novel engineering strategies to re-write the genetics of natural product biosynthesis. We apply this discover and over-produce molecules from nature that have applications as drugs, pesticides, and herbicides.
3. Complex Systems Engineering
Since the advent of recombinand DNA technology in the early 1970’s, most biotechnology applications are comprised of relatively simple, single-gene systems. We are leveraging advances in algorithmic DNA assembly to design, build, and test large, multi-gene systems with applications in medicine, agriculture, and the environment.
2. Engineered Speciation
Species boundaries are defined by pre-zygotic and post-zygotic barriers to genetic exchange. By engineering such barriers, we can essentially create ‘new’ species. We apply this technology to limit the gene flow between populations and as a mechanism to control or eradicate pest organisms. Synthetic species can also be used as drivers of evolution in competitive co-cultures.