About

Synthetic biology represents a paradigm shift – biology is becoming an engineering discipline that aims to use engineering principles to design and construct cells and organisms with novel functions.

Overview

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.

Objective

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.

Education & Outreach

We have established the first English language STEM curricula for undergraduates in Estonia and continuing to expand with the PhD in Synthetic Biology...

Our Story

Our Story

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 ECSB, while founded and based at the Institute of Technology, is currently acting as an umbrella organization for the consortium of synthetic biology labs in Estonia, but its greater aim is to develop a research and technology development centre of its own.

Our Team

Mart Loog
Mart Loog
Professor in Molecular Systems Biology
Ilona Faustova
Ilona Faustova
Account Manager
Mart Ustav
Mart Ustav
Professor & CEO of Icosagen Cell Factories

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