Macquarie University to Lead Nation in Synthetic Biology Research with $2.5m Grant

Macquarie University to Lead Nation in Synthetic Biology Research with $2.5m Grant

Research into new technologies that could pioneer breakthroughs in the biomedical and agriculture sectors has received a significant boost, with the NSW Government investing $2.5 million to support the establishment of a synthetic biology ‘Biofoundry’ at Macquarie University.

From Macquarie University Newsroom:

Synthetic biology is an emerging multidisciplinary field of science which involves the deliberate design and manufacture of new biological structures, parts, devices and systems. These become the key components in a number of potentially revolutionary applications. This new field draws on biology, biochemistry, engineering, biophysics and computer science.

Professor Isak (Sakkie) Pretorius, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research at Macquarie University said this funding announcement will greatly support and extend Macquarie’s research capability in synthetic biology.

“Macquarie University brought the field of synthetic genomics to Australia and is a recognised global leader in synthetic biology research,” said Professor Pretorius.

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