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Synthetic Biology Basics, Bit by Bit

December 2018   New educational kits, BioBits, aim to inspire the next generation of synthetic biology researchers.

Fifth graders from the Western Springs School District visited the Center for Synthetic Biology

May 2018   The Center for Synthetic Biology hosted fifth graders from the Western Springs School District. The fifth graders learned about current research efforts in the Center from faculty and students. They also had the opportunity for hands on experiments.

Dr. Neda Bagheri publishes article in PNAS

April 2018   Discovery of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) is crucial for gaining insights into biological processes involved in development or disease. Investigating the temporal dynamics of regulatory networks is particularly insightful. We introduce Sliding Window Inference for Network Generation (SWING), which uniquely accounts for temporal information underlying GRNs, such as protein synthesis and posttranslational modifications. We validate SWING in both in silico and in vitro experimental systems, highlighting improved performance in identifying time-delayed edges and illuminating network structure. SWING performance is robust to user-defined parameters, enabling identification of regulatory mechanisms from time-series gene expression data.

Rewiring human cells to engineer novel therapies: Dr. Joshua N. Leonard's Group Publishes in Nature Chemical Biology

December 2016   Image by Joshua Leonard and Kelly Schwarz. Cell image by NIAID/NIH, used and modified under Creative Commons 2.0 license.

The Center for Synthetic Biology to Host the First ERBC Retreat, March 24-25, 2017

October 2016   CSB is to host The First Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) Retreat on March 24-25, 2017. The EBRC retreat will feature all the great talks and networking opportunities that members grown to love. By moving this event to Northwestern, EBRC hopes to attract a broader range of academic and industrial participants into the Consortium.

Northwestern Engineers And SAIC Artists Partner To Display Data As Art

February 2016   ChicagoInno profiles Data as Art, a collaborative course between Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute to create art projects based on large data sets.

Data as Art Showcases Collaborative Projects

January 2016   This year's projects were based on data from Chicago transportation, crime, genetics, and soil contamination.

Protein Conjugation Method Offers New Possibilities for Biomaterials

September 2015   Professor Michael Jewett and his research team have demonstrated a novel method in which protein-polymer conjugates can display new and unique types of functionalities.

New Protein Manufacturing Process Unveiled

September 2015   Researchers from Northwestern and Yale University have developed a user-friendly technology to help scientists understand how proteins work, which could lead to new drugs for a myriad of diseases.

Researchers Design First Artificial Ribosome

July 2015   Researchers at Northwestern and the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered an artificial ribosome, which may enable the production of new drugs and next-generation biomaterials.

Jewett Receives Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

May 2015   The national award honors young faculty members in the chemical sciences who demonstrate leadership in research and education.

Chance and Circumstance Tip Immune Control of Cancer

April 2015   A team of Northwestern researchers developed a new computational model that elucidates the dynamic interplay between cancer and the immune system.

McCormick Professors Receive Prestigious Honor for Young Faculty

March 2015   Keith Tyo is one of five McCormick faculty members to have received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation.

Democratizing Synthetic Biology

March 2015   By replacing highly specialized, expensive equipment with standard lab tools, Michael Jewett has made synthetic biology research cheaper, faster, and more accessible.

Synthetic Biology

June 2014   With such ambitious goals as helping cure cancer and eradicating pervasive disease, some of the most talented scientists in the country from the emerging field of synthetic biology are breaking new ground at Northwestern University.

Building 'Smart' Cell-Based Therapies

April 2014   Synthetic biologist Joshua Leonard and his team have developed a technology for engineering human cells as therapies that become activated only in diseased tissues.

Synthetic Biologists Break New Ground in Medicine, Energy

March 2014   With such ambitious goals as helping cure cancer and eradicating pervasive disease, a group of scientists from the emerging field of synthetic biology are breaking new ground at Northwestern University.

Northwestern Hosts International Synthetic Biology Workshop

March 2014   Some of the leading minds in synthetic biology assembled in Chicago last month for an international synthetic biology workshop, co-hosted by Northwestern University and the UK Science and Innovation Network.

Mimicking Living Cells: Synthesizing Ribosomes

July 2013   Northwestern synthetic biology researchers, working with partners at Harvard Medical School, have for the first time synthesized protein-generating cell structures called ribosomes in a test tube.

McCormick Researchers Present at Synthetic Biology Conference

July 2013   Professors and graduate students presented research at the sixth annual BioBricks Foundation Synthetic Biology Conference Series in London.

Keith Tyo Earns Early Career Award

January 2013   Keith Tyo has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 ISEN Early Career Investigator Award.

Two Grand Challenges Explorations Grants for Global Health

May 2012   The innovative research of Northwestern professors who are making a difference in synthetic biology has been recognized with two early-stage discovery awards from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Northwestern Team Takes Top Honors at Synthetic Biology Competition

November 2011   A team of McCormick students took top honors last month at a regional competition for iGEM, an undergraduate synthetic biology competition.

Michael Jewett Receives Prestigious Packard Fellowship

November 2011   Jewett will use the award to advance his research on developing cell-free synthetic biology for biomanufacturing new classes of life-saving drugs, sustainable fuels and novel materials from renewable resources.

Michael Jewett Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

August 2011   With the award, Jewett aims to reconceptualize the way we engineer biology for producing next generation materials.

Michael Jewett Receives Early Career Honor

May 2011   Michael Jewett has received the Agilent Early Career Professor Award from Agilent Technologies Inc. in recognition of excellence in measurement research in the field of systems biology.

Joshua Leonard Testifies About Synthetic Biology

July 2010   Joshua Leonard testified on June 29 to the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education at a hearing designed to examine the future of the biological sciences.

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