Future Science Fellowships announced

May 23rd, 2017

The Synthetic Biology FSP is set to kick start some exciting new research in Australia, with eleven new Fellows joining the team.

UPDATE: Some Fellowships have now commenced, read about First steps towards a synthetic biology future

The Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform is set to kick start some exciting new research in Australia, with Future Science Fellowships having just been awarded to eleven outstanding early-career postdoctoral researchers in the field.

The new Fellows and their projects:

Michele Fabris –  University of Technology Sydney, Climate Change Cluster (C3)
A synthetic diatom mini-chromosome for specialised synthetic biology functions in microalgae

Nan Hao – University of Adelaide
Developing orthogonal Cas/anti-Cas pairs as building blocks for genetic circuit design

Suvi Honkanen – University of Western Australia, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
Engineering synthetic pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins as on/off switches for chloroplast protein translation

Brendan Kidd – University of Western Australia
Development of novel transcriptional regulators and synthetic logic gates for sophisticated control of plant activity and production

Briardo Llorente – Macquarie University
Synthebiont: Travelling back in time to the origin of photosynthetic eukaryotes

Nina Pollak – University of the Sunshine Coast
Tissue engineered multicellular structures for aquatic detoxification

Konstantinos Vavitsas – University of Queensland
A modular design and construction platform for high-throughput strain engineering in cyanobacteria

Karen Weynberg – University of Queensland
Engineering bacteriophages and establishment of a phage therapy platform for targeted and effective control of bacterial biofilms

Jason Whitfield – University of Queensland
Modular protein biosensors of secondary metabolites

Matthew Wilding – Australian National University
Engineering Orthogonal Translation Machinery

Thomas Williams – Macquarie University
From one to many: Synthetic yeast chassis for C1 metabolism