The Synthetic and Systems Biology Innovation Hub (SSBiH) serves as a major center to lead and enable interdisciplinary research in campus. In 2016, the Synthetic and Systems Biology Innovation Hub was funded by Texas A&M University RDF (Research and Development Funds) and was tasked as an ‘intellectual core’ for systems and synthetic biology research in the Texas A&M University System.
The Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub integrates a biodesign core, a high-throughput screening core, an implementation core, and a 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.
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.
The following figure shows a few examples of synthetic biology technologies developed and patented at the Hub to empower biomanufacturing.
With support from Texas A&M AgriLife Research, we are releasing the Proteomics Seed Grant RFA to promote cutting-edge research using shot-gun proteomics capacity at Systems and Synthetic Biology Innovation Hub. We have established MudPIT-based shot gun proteomics, which can be broadly used to study biological and biomedical questions.
The goal of this RFA is to provide preliminary proteomics data for AgriLife Scientists to compete for future federal and other grants.
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Synthetic and Systems Biology Innovation Hub builds broad partnership to advance cutting-edge research, new funding sources, industrial and national lab collaborations, and technology commercialization.
For major grants and research collaboration, please contact Susie Y. Dai at email@example.com or at (979) 458-6362.
For seed grants and project management, please contact Jorge Arreola at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (979) 862-4801.
For all other things, please contact Jingru Lai at email@example.com or at (979) 845-6367.