A Macquarie PhD student believes he’s come up with a way to turn coffee waste into biodegradable plastic coffee cups. He’s developed a method to turn coffee grounds into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics, and is now refining the process as he finishes his PhD. Continue reading → Turning coffee waste into coffee cups
Monica Espinosa Gomez is a PhD Candidate in the Paulsen SynBio Group at Macquarie University. Earlier this year she was awarded a CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform PhD Scholarship. While undertaking her Bachelors of Biotechnology (Hons), Molecular Biotechnology, at UQ she worked in numerous labs as a research assistant. In 2016, she worked under synthetic biologist, Dr Claudia Vickers, at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology before embarking on her PhD journey in 2017. Twitter handle: @monicaespgom Continue reading → Synbio profile interview – Monica Espinosa
Synthetic biology underpins an international market worth $355 billion a year, climbing to $1.1 trillion in five years. The market is in pharmaceuticals, engine fuels, plastics and more, all made using genetically engineered microbes. Macquarie University’s Distinguished Professor Ian Paulsen wants Australia to have a slice of this high-tech, job-creating, transformational industry.
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by Jestin George
Even though plans to colonise Mars are progressing rapidly, it is very hard to actually comprehend what a permanent life out there would be like. One can’t help but imagine it to be pretty Earth-centric; we will need to design spaces and resource solutions that provide what we need and use down here, out there. Food will definitely be an issue; Continue reading → Synthetic biology solutions for Mars colonization
Dominic Logel is a PhD Candidate in Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney. He was recently awarded the CSIRO Future Science Platform PhD Top Up Scholarship. Dominic began his journey into synthetic biology research in 2013 as a member of Macquarie University iGEM team. Dominic hopes to use his research to further the design of organisms to provide useful benefits to humanity, be that in food production or medical applications. Twitter handle: @DominicLogel
A highlight in the Synthetic biology calendar is the iGEM giant jamboree. This November, nearly 5,400 participants from 310 teams representing 44 countries across the globe gathered in Boston to present their synthetic biology projects and interact with each other. Continue reading → iGEM results, great representation by Australasian teams