Program

Synthetic Biology for Sustainable Solutions

Synthetic Biology, Sustainability, Genetic Engineering, Bioethics, Environmental Biotechnology, CRISPR, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Metabolic Engineering, Biofabrication, Green Technology, Bioremediation, Circular Economy, Biomaterials, Bioeconomy, Biodesign, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioprocessing, Agri-tech, Bioenergy, Climate Change Mitigation, Ecological Conservation, Synthetic Ecology, DIY Biology, Biopolicy, Bioart, Microbiome Engineering, Environmental Policy, Science Communication.

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MODE
Online/ e-LMS
TYPE
Self Paced
LEVEL
Moderate
DURATION
3 Months
VIDEO LENGTH
2 Hours

About

The Synthetic Biology for Sustainable Solutions program is a cutting-edge initiative designed to educate and empower the next generation of scientists and professionals in the field of synthetic biology, with a focus on creating sustainable solutions for today’s environmental challenges. This interdisciplinary program combines elements from biology, engineering, technology, and ethics to train participants in the development of biological systems that can lead to more sustainable practices across various industries, including agriculture, healthcare, and manufacturing.

Participants will engage with core concepts of synthetic biology such as genetic engineering, systems biology, and bioinformatics, while also exploring innovative approaches to sustainability such as bioremediation, bioenergy, and the development of biodegradable materials. The curriculum is structured around a series of interactive lectures, hands-on laboratory experiences, and collaborative projects that encourage practical application and problem-solving skills.

A unique aspect of this program is its emphasis on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biotechnological innovations. Students will discuss and debate various perspectives on bioethics, ensuring that they emerge not only as skilled practitioners but as thoughtful, responsible contributors to the field. By the end of the program, participants will be equipped not only with technical skills but also with a deep understanding of how synthetic biology can be harnessed to improve and sustain the environment for future generations.

Through this program, students will become part of a dynamic network of leaders and innovators, poised to make significant contributions to environmental sustainability and biotechnology. The goal is not just to learn about synthetic biology, but to use it as a powerful tool for positive change in the world.

Aim

The aim of the program is to equip students with a deep understanding of synthetic biology techniques and their potential for creating sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. Through rigorous coursework, hands-on projects, and collaborative research, the program seeks to foster a new generation of scientists committed to ecological stewardship and innovation.

Program Objectives

  1. Educate participants on the fundamental concepts of synthetic biology and bioengineering.
  2. Develop proficiency in modern biotechnological methods and tools.
  3. Foster an understanding of the ethical, legal, and social implications of synthetic biology.
  4. Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration to integrate synthetic biology with other fields such as environmental science, agriculture, and material science.
  5. Promote innovative thinking to address sustainability through biotechnological solutions.

Program Structure

Introduction to Synthetic Biology

  • Overview of Synthetic Biology: Introduction to the fundamental concepts, scope, and significance of synthetic biology.
  • History of Synthetic Biology: Key milestones and major contributions to the field.
  • Key Concepts in Synthetic Biology: Basic principles such as genetic circuits, standard biological parts, and synthetic organisms.

Tools and Techniques in Synthetic Biology

  • Genetic Engineering: Core techniques including DNA cloning, assembly, and modification.
  • CRISPR Technologies: Applications of CRISPR-Cas systems in precise genome editing.
  • Bioinformatics: The use of software and computational methods to understand biological data.

Design Principles for Synthetic Biology

  • Engineering Biological Systems: Strategies for designing and building functional biological systems.
  • Modularity: The importance of creating interchangeable biological parts.
  • Abstraction: Simplifying complex biologies to manageable and understandable components.

Ethics and Biosecurity

  • Ethical Considerations: Addressing the moral implications of engineering life.
  • Biosafety: Safety protocols and measures in synthetic biology labs and projects.
  • Regulatory Frameworks: Overview of national and international regulations governing synthetic biology.

Metabolic Engineering

  • Pathway Engineering: Techniques to modify metabolic pathways in organisms for improved output.
  • Enzyme Optimization: Enhancing enzyme function and efficiency through genetic modifications.
  • Production of Biomaterials: Using engineered organisms to produce valuable materials.

Synthetic Genomics

  • Genome Synthesis: Techniques for constructing entire genomes from scratch.
  • Genome Minimization: Strategies to simplify genetic material for more efficient biological functions.
  • Artificial Life: Exploring the creation of organisms with no natural equivalent.

Applications in Healthcare

  • Drug Development: Leveraging synthetic biology to discover and produce new pharmaceuticals.
  • Personalized Medicine: Customizing healthcare treatments based on individual genetic profiles.
  • Synthetic Probiotics: Engineering beneficial microbes to enhance human health.

Environmental Applications

  • Bioremediation: Using organisms to clean up environmental contaminants.
  • Bioenergy: Production of renewable energy from biological sources.
  • Climate Change Mitigation: Employing synthetic biology to address and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Agricultural Applications

  • Crop Improvement: Genetic enhancements for yield, durability, and resistance.
  • Pest Resistance: Engineering plants to naturally resist pests, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Innovations for more sustainable farming practices.

Industrial Biotechnology

  • Biofuels: Production of sustainable biological fuels.
  • Bioplastics: Using biological processes to produce eco-friendly plastics.
  • Green Chemistry: Principles and applications of environmentally benign chemical processes.

Future Trends and Innovations in Synthetic Biology

  • Emerging Technologies: New tools and techniques that are shaping the future of synthetic biology.
  • Artificial Cells: Design and creation of completely synthetic cells.
  • Xenobiology: Exploring the genetic engineering of novel, non-natural life forms.

Capstone Project

  • Project Guidelines: Detailed instructions and objectives for the final project.
  • Resource Compilation: List of resources available to support project development.
  • Project Planning: Steps for planning and executing a successful final project in synthetic biology.

Participant’s Eligibility

The “Synthetic Biology for Sustainable Solutions” program is open to students, professionals, academics, policymakers, environmental advocates, and entrepreneurs interested in using synthetic biology to address environmental challenges.

Program Outcomes

  • Technical Mastery: Participants will gain advanced skills in genetic engineering, molecular biology, and system biology.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Enhanced ability to design and implement innovative solutions to complex environmental issues.
  • Ethical Understanding: Comprehensive knowledge of the ethical considerations in using biotechnology for environmental applications.
  • Network Building: Connections with professionals and academics in the field, facilitating future collaborations and opportunities.


Fee Structure

Standard Fee:           INR 4,998           USD 110

Discounted Fee:       INR 2499             USD 55

Standard Fee:           INR 9,998           USD 200

Discounted Fee:       INR 4999             USD 100

Batches

Spring
Summer

Autumn
Winter

Certificate

Program Assessment

Certification to this program will be based on the evaluation of following assignment (s)/ examinations:

Exam Weightage
Mid Term Assignments 20 %
Final Online Exam 30 %
Project Report Submission (Includes Mandatory Paper Publication) 50 %

To study the printed/online course material, submit and clear, the mid term assignments, project work/research study (in completion of project work/research study, a final report must be submitted) and the online examination, you are allotted a 1-month period. You will be awarded a certificate, only after successful completion/ and clearance of all the aforesaid assignment(s) and examinations.

Program Deliverables

  • Access to e-LMS
  • Real Time Project for Dissertation
  • Project Guidance
  • Paper Publication Opportunity
  • Self Assessment
  • Final Examination
  • e-Certification
  • e-Marksheet

Job Opportunities

  • Bioengineer
  • Research Scientist in Synthetic Biology
  • Environmental Biotechnologist
  • Consultant for Biotech Firms
  • Academic Positions in Biological Sciences
  • Policy Advisor on Biotechnology and Environment

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Centre of Excellence
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