The 2016 course is off to a great start! During week one, our students are learning some key essentials of synthetic biology through four themes that align with each instructor’s expertise:
- CRISPR for programmable gene expression. Taught by Chase Beisel and Michelle Luo (TA).
- Modeling and simulating gene expression. Taught by Mary Dunlop and Nick Rossi (TA).
- TX-TL (cell-free transcription/ translation) for characterizing dynamics of RNA regulators. Taught by Vincent Noireaux and Ryan Marshall (TA).
- Multiplex Automated Genome Engineering (MAGE) and sequencing. Taught by Harris Wang and Jimin Park (TA).
Sub-groups of five or six students participate in a different day-long module each day. Each module begins with a lecture and is followed by a series of wet bench exercises. All of the key protocols and experiments are detailed in a printed manual so that students can use newly-learned techniques after they return to their home institutions. The synthetic biology modules provide a rich learning experience that is truly one-of-a-kind.