804402 Seminar synthetic biology

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


In this module, we will simulate a scientific conference focused on the topic of Synthetic Biology.

Students will have a taste of what it's like to participate in an actual conference (minus the fancy meals and celebrity scientists, unfortunately). Each student will have a chance to learn the basics of representative topics in Synthetic Biology and to engage in a learned discussion over them. We will simulate panel presentations and evaluations. Guidance will be provided during the introductory session on how to prepare for each presentation.

The sessions will focus on the following topics:

1. Synthetic Biology and what it offers;

2. Its role in Pharmaceutical and Biofuels Research;

3. Its role in Cultured Meat research;

4. Its pursuit of Synthetic cells;

5. Biosafety and social engagement.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in at least one of the following topics:
- Biochemistry;
- Biopysics ;
- Molecular biology;
- Cell biology.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

1. To gain familiarity with selected topics in Synthetic Biology.
2. To be able to identify the aim of a reported work.
3. To be able to identify the motivation and impact behind this aim.
4. To be able to show how this work is different from conventional bioengineering.
5. To be able to make a simple risk assessment of the work.
6. To be able to identify how these risks are managed.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.