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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


The Engineering Biology Interdisciplinary Research Centre (EngBio IRC) is a centralised hub for Engineering Biology research. It brings together researchers, commercial partners and external collaborators. It supports researchers working across disciplines - at the intersections of biology, engineering, computer sciences, design and bioethics.

Engineering Biology is an emerging field which applies engineering principles to the design and modification of living systems. The University of Cambridge has been an important and early contributor in this area. The EngBio IRC was established in 2013 with the support of the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology to bring together related activities across the university and within the community. Since then, we have been keen on consolidating the position of the University of Cambridge as a nationally and internationally recognised centre of excellence in engineering biology.

Academic leadership of the IRC is provided by the Steering Committee, and supported by the IRC Coordinator who works with researchers and external partners to implement IRC activities. The major aims of the IRC are to:

  1. Provide a hub of interdisciplinary exchange for all those interested in Synthetic and Engineering Biology at the University of Cambridge, from researchers and students to industrial partners and policy makers.
  2. Promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the University through regular events and seed funding competitions.
  3. Facilitate funding applications in the field of Synthetic and Engineering Biology
  4. Initiate academic-industrial partnerships across the IRC Research Themes.
  5. Explore open technologies for innovation, widening participation in novel IP practices and business models for tools related to Synthetic and Engineering Biology.
  6. Explore the wider social context of GM technologies at the local and global level, particularly responsible innovation for sustainability and conservation.


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If you have any queries, or would like more information please contact the IRC Coordinator: