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Synthetic Biology Research Cluster

The Synthetic Biology research cluster will address critical research needs in synthetic biology and synthetic ecology, and non-health related microbiology.

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The aim of the Synthetic Biology cluster is to promote multidisciplinary approaches to understand, design and engineer microbial systems using synthetic biology approaches. After recent successful hires of new faculty in synthetic biology and ecology, the search continues with a further position in synthetic biology. Ultimately, this cluster addresses critical research needs in synthetic biology in the College of Biological Sciences and at the University of Minnesota. The synthetic biology-oriented faculty hired through this initiative will investigate and design microbial systems including signaling pathways and metabolic networks.

The college is recruiting tenure-track faculty who are committed to multidisciplinary interactions, have outstanding research potential, and are motivated to contribute to campus-wide cluster growth and to new initiatives in graduate and undergraduate education. Faculty hired as part of this cluster will be expected to develop a strong, internationally recognized research program that complements and interfaces well with current faculty research in their tenure home, the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, and at the BioTechnology Institute, located in the College of Biological Sciences.