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Extending synthetic biology collaborations between WISB and BSSB

Grant number: 15/50102-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2015 - May 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biology
Cooperation agreement: University of Warwick
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal researcher:Marie-Anne van Sluys
Grantee:Marie-Anne van Sluys
Principal researcher abroad: Katherine J. Denby
Institution abroad: University of Warwick, England
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/51062-3 - Development of an algorithm for the assembly of the sugarcane polyploid genome, AP.BIOEN.PITE


The overall aim of this proposal is to build a productive and mutually beneficial partnership with BSSB at USP. This is one arm of our growing international Synthetic Biology Network, which also includes CoSBI (Boston), UPF (Barcelona) and CNB (Madrid). A strong partnership between WISB and BSSB will enable us to establish joint research projects that are funded through BBSRC-FAPESP. Establishing collaborations with USP will increase the competiveness of WISB scientists in part by providing a means to translate their work. In particular, expertise on microbial and plant model systems at WISB and sugarcane biology, genomics and its pathogens at BSSB will allow synthetically engineered organisms to be used for validation experiments. Similarly, a strong collaboration will help both institutes recruit very able students to Synthetic Biology, and enable regular exchanges of PDRAs, PhD students, and possibly undergraduate students. The outcomes from such arrangements will include new grant funding, novel research opportunities, and expanded training opportunities. (AU)

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