Estonian Centre for Synthetic Biology
The Estonian Centre for Synthetic Biology was founded in spring 2016 on the basis of the Institute of Technology, University of Tartu, and a collection of other Estonian labs that conduct research on various aspects of synthetic biology. The majority of the research groups currently located at the Institute of Technology have been established within the past 15 years with the help of highly competitive grants and fellowships, initially from foreign private research funding organizations.
The ECSB has set an ambitious goal to catalyse the transformation of traditional oil-based chemical industries into the new era of the synthetic biology and sustainable cell factory-based production of high value chemicals. Secondly, novel synthetic biology tools will be applied in partnership with the biotech industry to accelerate cell factory development for the production of antibodies and other protein pharmaceuticals.
We have established the first English language STEM curricula for undergraduates in Estonia and continuing to expand with the PhD in Synthetic Biology...
Prof Mart Loog is discussing the future of synthetic biology in the newspaper Sirp (only in Estonian). Tulekul on sünteetilise bioloogia ajastu
According to one of the most important higher education lists, the QS World University Rankings, the University of Tartu (UT) now holds the highest position ever. The university’s position in the ranking has improved from 501 in 2012 to 347 in 2016. Read the full article from Estonian world web page.
The financial support of 2.5 million euros received from the ERA Chair measure of the European Commission strengthens the starting position of the synthetic biology centre set up at the Institute of Technology of the University of Tartu. Synthetic biology is a new research field that has gained attention in the past few years. ItRead more about ERA Chair Grant[…]
Estonia secures its first ever ERC Consolitator Grant to advance synthetic biology Mart Loog, UT Professor of Molecular Systems Biology, received a prestigious Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) amounting to almost two million euros. Loog aims to develop an entirely unique toolbox of circuit elements that can be used in synthetic designerRead more about ERC Consolidator Grant[…]