Collaborative Research Unit

Centre for Synthetic Biology

Acronym
CSB
Co-ordinator
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Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biocatalysis
    • Biocatalysis and enzyme technology
    • Bioprocessing, bioproduction and bioproducts
    • Industrial microbiology
Description
Synthetic biology can be defined as the artificial (re)design of biological components and/or systems for practical applications. The technology is routed in the field of genetic engineering but draws inspiration from a variety of disciplines, such asbiotechnology, chemistry, and even computer sciences. In that light, three research groups of Ghent University have decided to join forces and establish the multidisciplinary Centre for Synthetic Biology (CSB). Their common goal is to develop new processes for the production of value-added compounds, with emphasis on tailor-made carbohydrates, flavonoids and glycolipids.