Synthetic Biology (Registry of Standard Parts)

Synthetic Biology at MIT encompasses research on the design and construction of standard biological parts and devices and integrated biological systems. Much of the work involves the specification and coordinated development of general technology platforms the support the engineering of integrated biological systems.

Specifically, the Synthetic Biology Core is helping to:

  • Specify, construct, characterize, and coordinate the use of a Registry of Standard Biological Parts.
  • Develop and refine an abstraction hierarchy and abstraction level interfaces that enable the design and construction of integrated biological systems.
  • Develop computer-aided designs tools that support the engineering of integrated biological systems.

Resources

The Synthetic Biology Core provides expertise and reagents for designing and engineering biological systems.

Training

The MIT Synthetic Biology Working Group sponsors an IAP course and Summer Competition to introduce and educate researchers about synthetic biology.

Resources

MIT Standard Registry of Parts

The BioBrick family of standard biological parts is a set of prototype components that are being designed for use in programming bacteria. The members of this family are designed to be compatible, composible, interchangeable, and independent so that new biological systems may be constructed with little knowledge or concern for the origins, construction, or biological activities of the components.


Contacts

Advisors

Thomas Knight Jr. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Randy Rettberg Electrical Engineering and Computer Science