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Synbio Newsletter January 2013

Synbio Newsletter January 2013


Dear All, we hope you enjoy this first newsletter of 2013.
Happy New Year from the synbio secretariat. 


Pioneering Venture Into Producing Cancer Drugs in Solar Driven Bioreactors

Scientists will use synthetic biology to  create sustainable production of medicinal  and other high-value compounds in so called photo-bioreactors. This will be done  in a consortium with both Danish and European companies, which has just been granted 20,6 mill. DKK in support from  the Danish Council for Strategic Research.  The project will bring together some of the world’s foremost synthetic biologists, among them Jay Keasling of UC Berkeley. 

Read more here

CONFERENCE: Synbio Scientists Organize Prominent Membrane Protein Symposium

The 59th Benzon Symposium on Membrane  Proteins in August 2013 will be a major  scientific event for the City of Copenhagen.  Among the impressive list of invited  speakers are two Nobel laureates, and researchers from Center for Synthetic  Biology are among the main organizers of  the event. Abstract round opens on April 1st. Read more here

2012 Nobel laureate and scientific advisor for Center for Synthetic Biology, Professor Brian Kobilka of University of Stanford is among the prominent line-up of speakers at the symposium. 

Health "Scientist of the Month" Awarded to Synbio Researcher Søren Gøgsig Faarup Rasmussen

Assistant Professor Søren Gøgsig Faarup Rasmussen at Center for Synthetic Biology has been named scientist of the month by the HEALTH faculty. He played an important part in mapping the molecular masterpiece that constituted a part of the reason for this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry being awarded to Prof. Brian Kobilka. 

Read more here. 


Upcoming Events

11th January 2013: SEMINAR: Pheromone and other natural product chemistry exploited for food security by means of breeding, GM and companion cropping. A lecture by Professor John Pickett, Rothamsted Research, UK.

4th February - April 12th 2013: Center of Synthetic Biology Hosts University of Copenhagen's Inaugural Master's Course in Synthetic Biology.

21st March 2013SYMPOSIUM: "Doing and debating synthetic biology" - public symposium on biohacking and synthetic biology co-organized by Center for Synthetic biology and Medical Museion. The debate will be led by a panel of Do It Yourself biologists, ethicists, synthetic biology researchers, sociologists among others.  


Synbio in the media

Danske forskere vil omdanne planters grønkorn til medicinfabrikker' (Danish researchers turn chloroplasts into medicine factories) by Torben R. Simonsen, Ingeniøren, 21th December 2012

'Forskning og Innovation' (Science and Innovation) supplement to Berlingske newspaper.
Page 4: Forskning på Københavns Universitet skal gøre verden til et grønnere sted 
by Astrid Wierzba, 4th December 2012
A description of synthetic biology at UCPH, with Center for Synthetic Biology as an interdisciplinary precedent


Past Events

17th December 2012: WORKSHOP: KU på Kryds og Tværs/ UCPH across disciplines
A workshop to discuss the possibilities for, potential of and conditions necessary for interdisciplinary research intiatives at the University. Birger Lindberg Møller spoke at the workshop, and four other synbio-people participated. The workshop will be followed up by a conference on interdisciplinary research on February the 4th. 

Read more about the workshop here

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