Program Details

The SB2 training program is composed of three pillars. Through these training pillars, we aim to produce the next-generation of scientists capable of rigorously and creatively applying synthetic biology across a wide array of biomedical science and biotechnology.

  1. Synthetic Biology Technical Training – SB2 offers a unique research and academic training environment that aims to capture the inherently interdisciplinary nature of synthetic biology, a discipline forged between biology, engineering, chemistry, and physics. We aim to:
    1. Define and establish an integrated curriculum that provides instruction on the theory, principles, and practice of synthetic and engineering biology.
    2. Create a vibrant research environment for conducting interdisciplinary synthetic biology research that brings together faculty and students from across departments at BU.
    3. Foster a culture of collaboration, rigorous and constructive scientific discourse, and responsible research.
  2. Biotechnology and Business Training – The full potential of synthetic biology to provide groundbreaking solutions to a broad array of challenges, from human health to the environment, relies on developing skilled researchers for both academia and industry. In order to ensure that our trainees are adept at identifying new scientific areas and applications for synthetic biology, the SB2 program aims to:
    1. Expose trainees to the needs of the biotech community by developing and maintaining industry networks.
    2. Bridge the gap between academic research and commercialization by providing direct access to industry experts through well-placed internships.
    3. Provide extensive training in entrepreneurship to prepare trainees in developing ideas into commercial successes
  3. Professional Training – The interdisciplinary nature of synthetic biology research demands significant professional and operational skills not robustly supported by most academic training programs. Therefore, the SB2 program aims to:
    1. Build a repertoire of skills necessary for success in interdisciplinary research and industry through formal and informal training opportunities – for e.g. in teamwork, communication, project management, and conflict resolution
    2. Ensure trainees are holistically aware of and able to recognize the societal implications of their work, and thus, conduct their research responsibly and ethically