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Caroline Ajo-Franklin, director of the Rice Synthetic Biology Institute

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Caroline Ajo-Franklin, director of the Rice Synthetic Biology Institute Credit: Rice University

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Rice University has launched the Rice Synthetic Biology Institute, which aims to catalyze collaborative research in synthetic biology and its translation into technologies that benefit society.

Rice University launches Rice Synthetic Biology Institute to improve lives

Houston, TX | Posted on January 12th, 2024

“The Rice Synthetic Biology Institute demonstrates how everyone benefits when the top minds in natural sciences and engineering collaborate at a leading research university,” said President Reginald DesRoches. “This research institute will draw global attention to the great work that is happening in our highly regarded synthetic biology program at Rice and it will help us continue to attract and retain the best talent in the field.”

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary discipline where researchers design living systems with new properties to address societal needs. With more than 18 faculty and over 100 students and postdoctoral scholars across the Schools of Engineering and Natural Sciences connected to this expanding field, RSBI plans to strengthen this community at Rice, connect basic and translational research, and elevate Rice’s international visibility in this space. This follows a 2018 university investment in strategic initiatives aimed at propelling faculty and programs supporting synthetic biology.

The institute is led by Caroline Ajo-Franklin, professor of biosciences, bioengineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering, with the support of an interdisciplinary faculty steering committee.

“At Rice, we have such deep expertise in synthetic biology,” said Ajo-Franklin. “Connecting that deep expertise through this institute will lead to better science and more innovation.”

“Rice University is an amazing place to learn, teach, research and innovate,” said Ramamoorthy Ramesh, executive vice president for research. “The Rice Synthetic Biology Institute will ensure that our researchers are recognized on the international stage for the life-changing work they are doing in Houston and around the world.”

The institute will support research to understand how to design new types of living systems for applications in medicine, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. Four research themes will be the initial focus of RSBI, leveraging Rice’s unique strengths:

Controlling the biological synthesis and patterning of proteins and cells into living materials that self-replicate and self-repair across a range of length scales
Understanding cells as natural sensors and repurposing them into living therapeutics to detect and treat diseases, maintain health and prevent infections
Developing living electronics to convert biochemical information into information-dense electronic signals in real time at the cell-material interface
Supporting cross-cutting scholarship aimed at accelerating the Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle and understanding the ethical, legal and social implications of translating these technologies into the public domain.

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About Rice University
To learn more about the Rice Synthetic Biology Institute, visit https://synbio.rice.edu/ .

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Rice University

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