Interdisciplinary

SynBioCDT is a 4-year Doctorate Programme in the interdisciplinary field of Synthetic Biology, which has been identified as an emerging discipline with the potential to create new industries and economies in the UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap report as well as the more recent report on “Biodesign for the Bioeconomy”.
Our CDT is a collaboration between three universities (Oxford, Bristol and Warwick) and departments therein and a wide range of Industrial, Academic and Public Facing Partners that cover all potential application areas of Synthetic Biology to create a unique training environment.

The three universities have extensive world-leading research activity at the life/sciences interface, much of which is underpinned by substantial existing funding from the EPSRC, BBSRC and other UK research councils, charitable trusts and HEFCE. The Universities also have a very strong track record in delivering innovative graduate level training in the physical and life sciences, providing skills acquisition and research training within the context of leading research teams in well-established interdisciplinary environments.

Close alliance with major interdisciplinary centres gives students access to world leading research in the areas where engineering, mathematical and physical sciences meet the life sciences. In all three universities, students will become part of a growing, vibrant synthetic biology community. For example, the University of Warwick has recently established the Warwick Centre for Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB) that brings together research groups from engineering, physics, computer science, life sciences and social sciences. WISB also acts as a hub of an international network including research partnerships with the University of Sao Paulo, University Pompeu Fabra, and Boston University. The University of Bristol also has a multi-disciplinary research centre, BrisSynBio, in which chemists, biochemists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians collaborate on synthetic biology projects. Topics comprise: Enzyme cascades and cell factories, Self-assembled systems and minimal cells, Programming complexity in natural systems, Engineering and modelling across scales and Research and Responsible Innovation. International collaborations include University of California at San Diego and MIT.