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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Synthetic biology and Bioengineering: 

— Synthetic biology enabling tools 

— Genetic circuit design and biodesign automation

— Biosensing, biomanufacturing and biocomputing applications 

— Engineered phage therapy and gut microbiome

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Imperial College London

Professional Qualifications

2020Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC

Area of Expertise

Research expertisesynthetic biology, bioengineering, biotechnology, microbiology


Dr Baojun Wang is Reader in Synthetic Biology and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working at the interface between biology, chemistry and engineering. He leads the Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab in the School of Biological Sciences and the cross-disciplinary Edinburgh SynthSys Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology. Dr Wang received a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London (2011) and was a Research Associate at Imperial College before joining Edinburgh University in 2013 as a Group Leader and Chancellor's Fellow in Synthetic Biology. His research interests include developing new enabling tools for synthetic biology, and engineering novel customised gene circuits for the sensing and information processing of multiple cellular and environmental signals, with applications in diverse areas, for example, biosensing, biocomputing, biomanufacturing and biotherapies.



Current Research Interests

My research is primarily centered around Synthetic Biology, a fast growing discipline at the interface of biology, chemistry and engineering with significant expanding applications in diverse areas. My interests include both fundamental and applied synthetic biology with focus on three synergistic research themes, i.e. the foundational technology, healthcare and industrial biotechnology applications. 

We use a bottom-up engineering approach to design synthetic biological circuits and systems using characterised, exchangeable biological parts and devices. We develop new enabling tools for synthetic biology, and build novel customised gene circuits for sensing and advanced information processing of multiple cellular and environmental signals with applications ranging from biosensing, biocomputing and biomanufacturing to biotherapy

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