The working group Microbial Biotechnology is interested in how to develop and optimize existing or new biotechnological processes through design, build, test and learn cycles. This encompasses microbial physiology and applying systems and synthetic biology approaches in applications fields including industrial, environmental, medical/pharmaceutical, and agricultural biotechnology and engineering.
Synthetic Biology is defined as a field of science dedicated to (i) the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and (ii) the re-design of existing, natural and new to nature biological systems for useful purposes.
Systems Biology focusses on unravelling and understanding complex biological systems, and typically involves modeling, exploration and integration of genomics data at various cellular levels, for example ranging from sequencing, mRNA, protein, metabolite data to imaging and text-mining.
We aim at enabling the interaction between molecular biologist, fermentation specialists, mathematicians, bioinformaticians and physicists across the Netherlands. Exchange of knowledge, software and methods is very relevant.
The working group will provide updates about new developments in this field via symposia and/or workshops.