SynBio

Synthetic Biology Activities

From setting up a Biofoundry at UF/IFAS to educating others about the power of SynBio

Our monthly webinars feature rising stars and SynBio pioneers from academia and industry

We also teach SynBio-related courses for undergraduate and graduate students

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Nothing from April 17, 2024 to May 17, 2024.

Our Courses at UF

HOS4313C – Laboratory Methods in Plant Molecular Biology

Dr. Voiniciuc and Dr. Kelly Balmant are re-launching this course in spring 2024. Space in this course is limited due to the interactive format. We provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles underlying many common techniques in molecular biology, with a focus on plants.

Course Description

            Molecular Biology studies how macromolecules encode and regulate the flow of genetic information in living organisms.  This course will provide students theoretical and practical experience in the basic laboratory methods for nucleic acid sequences and proteins.  Instruction is based on a combination of lectures, dry and wet lab experimentation (through interactive class activities and/or internships), and maintenance of laboratory notebooks. In the first half of the course, students will learn about the state-of-the-art techniques for molecular cloning, common pitfalls, and how to manipulate DNA for plant molecular biology.  In the second half of the course, students will be introduced to several approaches for the analysis of gene expression and proteins, including current bioinformatics resources that assist with data analysis. In addition, the class will learn about methods for transient and stable transformation in plants.

Format
In-Person

Meeting Dates
1:55 pm on Tues and Thur

First Class
January 23, 2024

Last Class
April 23, 2024

HOS6932 – Advances in Plant Synthetic Biology

Format
95% Online, Synchronous

Meeting Dates
10:40 am on Mon, Wed, Fri

First Class
August 23, 2023

Last Class
December 6, 2023

Dr. Voiniciuc and Dr. Andrew Hanson are co-teaching a new SynBio graduate course, which also features guest lectures by Dr. Edmar R. Oliveira-Filho. Space in this online course is limited due to the interactive format.

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the basic principles of synthetic biology (SynBio) as well as the latest advances in this emerging field. Topics will include the implementation of Design-Build-Test-Learn cycles for metabolic pathways and regulatory circuits, directed evolution, and biofoundry-driven automation. Emphasis will be on plant systems, with bacterial and yeast systems included when appropriate to accelerate the study of plant enzymes and products. This online class will enable state-wide participation and combine lectures with interactive discussions and activities. Due to team-based activities, class registration is limited to only 16 students. Part of the final assignment (5% of course-grade) will require an in-person interview with a scientist at one of the UF/IFAS research facilities. This class will empower students to identify, evaluate, and effectively present SynBio innovations that address agricultural challenges.