Synthetic and Systems Biology Innovation Hub (SSBiH) aims to serve as a major driving force to lead and enable interdisciplinary research in campus. The initiative started four years ago. In 2016, the SSBiH team led by Joshua Yuan was selected for University RDF (Research and Development Funds) and was tasked as an ‘intellectual core’ for systems and synthetic biology. With a strong tracking record, we aim to advance the cutting-edge synthetic biology, systems biolology, biorefining, and biomanufacturing initiatives. In addition, the campus unit will elevate scientific excellence across the colleges and to enable frontier faculty research. We also integrate multidisciplinary expertise from faculty members to compete for major federal, state, and corporate research initiatives.

Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub integrates a biodesign core, high-throughput screening core, a implementation core, and characterization and scale up core. The four core functions were built with state-of-the-art instruments and extensive expertise. The instruments include colony picker, BioLector Pro high-throughput fermenter, Imaging system, HPLC, nanoLC-MS/MS, larger fermenters, and others. The platforms integrate to achieve biodesign, high-throughput screening, high-throughput fermentation, proteomics, systems biology analysis, and scale-up of biomanufacturing and fermentation capacity.

Here is a list of exemplary faculty members. For faculty list and relevant research, please contact us.

Susie Dai

Assistant Professor
Department of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science

Katy Kao

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

Hongmin Qin

Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Peter Rentzepis

TEES Distinguished Research Professorship
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Heather H. Wilkinson

Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Joshua S. Yuan

Professor and Director
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Synthetic biology refers to the integration of molecular tools, engineering principles, and mathematical modeling to engineer organisms toward previously unattainable functions. Even though synthetic biology is still in its infancy, it has already brought breakthroughs in therapeutics, energy production, environmental remediation, and crop improvement. SSBiH uniquely positions us in participating the on-going major advanced manufacturing fundings and synergizing with other research programs in campus to build a holistic and competitive bioproduct, biorefining, bio- and advanced manufacturing program. The unit is built upon excellent record on scientific publication, federal funding, and technology commercialization.

Joshua S. Yuan
Professor and Director
Synthetic and Systems Biology Innovation Hub
Texas A&M University
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