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Monday, 18 March 2019 - Monday, 18 March 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Seminar Room, Level 1
UQ Location:
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (St Lucia)
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Jessica Kirkbride
Org. Unit:
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

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Much of today's excitement regarding the role that biotechnology could play in the larger economy is due to the advent of the field of synthetic biology, which promises to add value beyond biopharmaceuticals, medicine and agriculture, because it has the potential to revolutionize processes in materials, chemicals, fuels, and potentially information technology. Synthetic biology is the discipline entailing the design and construction of new biological systems or redesign of natural systems, with the overall goal of making biology more engineerable. As synthetic biology is an emerging and cutting-edge area of biotechnology, development in this area may serve as an indicator of innovation in biotechnology.
Specifically, the synthetic biology field of metabolic engineering, in which organisms are engineered for synthesis of new products using new biological pathways, enables the biological production of chemicals formerly made from plants or animals that were hard to cultivate, or were formerly made from petroleum. This seminar will briefly review the global development of synthetic biology, followed by introducing the synthetic biology initiatives/capabilities in China, with focus on the design, engineer, and synthesis cells of industrial relevance/importance, i.e. biological carbon fixation and industrial bioproduction.

Speaker Bio

Prof. Yin Li received his PhD in Fermentation Engineering at Jiangnan University in China in 2000. He then worked in the Netherlands and Ireland as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2006 he was appointed as Professor by the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 2013 he was appointed as visiting professor by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. During 2015-2017, he was appointed as the Deputy Director-General of Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include molecular physiology, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology. He and his colleagues have published more than 130 perspectives, reviews, and research articles in Science, Nature Communications, PNAS, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Trends in Biotechnology, Trends in Microbiology, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, and Applied & Environmental Microbiology etc., with an H index of 36. He is a member of the International Advisory Council of Global Bioeconomy Summit, Chair/Co-chair of Metabolic Engineering Summit (2015, 2017, 2019), and serving as editor or editorial board member of Microbiology, Microbial Cell Factories, Biotechnology Journal, Industrial Biotechnology, and Food Bioscience.

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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