Our Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform is positioning Australia to play a role in one of the fastest growing areas of modern science so that we can understand global developments and, where appropriate, contribute to advances in areas including manufacturing, industrial biotechnology, environmental remediation, biosecurity, agriculture and healthcare research.
Development of synthetic biology parts and tools that can be applied in a wide range of application areas.
Environment and Biocontrol
Projects in this program of work will contribute to a world class capability in delivering environmental and biocontrol solutions based on SynBio technologies.
Projects in this program of work will contribute to a world class SynBio capability in delivering production and manufacturing innovations in the fibres and chemicals space.
Health and Medicine
Projects in this program of work aim to design new synthetic biology tools and platforms that could further global health research.
Research focussed on the social, ethical, institutional, legal and regulatory aspects of synthetic biology - to inform the development and implementation of synthetic biology solutions to Australia's greatest challenges in health, environment and industry.
Public attitudes towards synthetic biology
A national survey has been conducted by CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform as an important first step in measuring public attitudes towards synthetic biology. The survey draws on the views of more than 8,000 Australians, and researchers are examining the data to determine current attitudes to these emerging technologies.
Looking forward – responsible research into gene drive organisms
Complex national challenges, such as those in managing pest species, are being addressed through an evolving area of synthetic biology. Research into gene drive organisms (GDOs) is taking place in laboratories all over the world and a diverse group of GDO researchers have recently called for standard field trial criteria to help assess and manage any potential impacts of this future work.
A zest for synthetic biology
Synthetic Biology FSP Director Claudia Vickers was interviewed by Laurel Oldach, a science writer for the ASBMB.
The Australian Synthetic Biology Challenge
The Australian Synthetic Biology Challenge is an annual event where teams consisting of Undergraduate and Master’s students from universities all over Australia develop their own projects targeting a significant problem in society using Synthetic Biology.
CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Optimising Biodegradation of Plastics
Are you an early career scientist with an interest in enzyme engineering? Use your science skills to help solve the problem of plastic debris in this new role. Apply here.