Application Domain Leader: Claudia Vickers
The Foundation Technologies Application Domain is a home for development of synthetic biology parts and tools that can be applied in a wide range of application areas. It encompasses technologies developed through the three technical Science Domains of Integrative Biological Modelling, Engineering Novel BioBricks, and Assembling Innovative Biosystems. It recognises that some technologies are so broad-reaching that investment is warranted regardless of the focus of the other Application Domains – it is where the next CRISPR/Cas technology will emerge from.
This Domain will provide the organisational framework to develop a library of component parts (biobricks) that encode the new functionality that is desired in biological systems. In particular, it is recognised that an Australian biobricks parts library will provide a key resource for the country which will allow us to effectively exploit our unique biological and genetic heritage.
In Foundation Technologies we are focussing on new and improved synbio tools to either create new functionalities or improve on existing technologies; developing organelle control devices to provide engineering tools targeting mitochondria and chloroplasts, the energy and carbon powerhouses of the eukaryotic cells, and understanding and exploiting (endo)symbiosis to deliver fundamental science and applied outcomes in our other three Application Domains.