2-6 July 2018 - University of Essex, UK


Synthetic biology is an emerging research and industrial field aiming at designing and engineering biological systems with specific functions. To do that, it integrates methods and technologies from biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science and mathematics to streamline the process of designing, building and testing biological systems. In the last 10 years, synthetic biology has contributed many ground breaking scientific results, including the first synthetic cell and the first synthetic chromosomes, and industrial applications, including the production of drugs and biofuels.

The Essex Synthetic Biology School (ESBS) is an intensive 5-day summer course targeting students and early career scientists interested in learning cutting edge experimental and computational methods to design and build biological systems directly from world-renowned experts, working with bacterial, yeast, plant and mammalian systems, in fields such as cancer and healthcare research, as well as industrial, agricultural and environmental synthetic biology.

The School comprises 20 lectures and 5 laboratory sessions, focusing on building pathways in bacteria and yeast.


  • Combinatorial assembly of biological pathways
  • Synthetic genomics
  • Exogenous pathways synthesis
  • Biosensors
  • Biological systems modelling
  • Biological data analysis
  • Computer aided design
  • Automation
  • Mathematica modelling of biological systems

Important dates

  • 1st December 2017: Early Bird registration opens
  • 1st February 2018: Regular registration opens
  • 1st June 2018 : Registration closes
  • 2-6 July 2018 : Essex Synthetic Biology School


Jef D. Boeke

New York University

Paul Freemont

Imperial College London

Adrian Harris

University of Oxford

Ross Kettleborough

Twist Bioscience

Victor de Lorenzo

CNB Madrid

Leslie Mitchell

New York University

Nicola Patron

Earlham Institute

Toby Richardson

Synthetic Genomics Inc.

Susan Rosser

University of Edinburgh

Howard Salis

Penn State University

Danielle Tullman-Ercek

Northwestern University

Ron Weiss



Boyd McKew

University of Essex

Giovanni Stracquadanio

University of Essex

Scientific Committee

Philip Mullineaux, University of Essex
Leonard Schalkwyk, University of Essex
Ben Miller, University of Eastern Anglia
Chieh Hsu, University of Kent