Synthetic Biology and Microbiome Engineering

Welcome to the Synthetic Biology and Microbiome Engineering Laboratory

We do systems and synthetic biology research at different scales. At the subcellular scale, we do cell-free synthetic biology, including the development of gene circuits as well as efforts to make cell-free protein expression systems robust for field applications. At the multicellular scale, we engineer cell-cell communication to coordinate the behavior of cell populations for pattern formation, biomaterial fabrication, and sophisticated biosensing. At the multi-species scale, we probe the spatial and taxonomic structure of the microbiome and leverage synthetic biology tools to study microbiome principles and, ultimately, develop applications in microbiome engineering.