Connaught Summer Institute on Synthetic Biology


Organizing Committee


David McMillen is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research combines experimental and theoretical techniques to study the internal dynamics of cells. Professor McMillen is interested in the potential of synthetic biology to address real-world issues. Examples of applied projects include efforts at developing systems to: detect disease microorganisms and respond to counter them; create robust microorganism-based biosensors for blood assays; and engineer metabolic pathways for better production of useful biological products.


Stanley Wong is the Staff Scientist lead in the area of synthetic biology at the Impact Centre (IMC).  IMC is a cross-disciplinary institute at the University of Toronto that (among other things) connects students, researchers, and companies to collaborate on projects that address technical and globally relevant challenges. The Impact Centre is heading the development of a Synthetic Biology Innovation Cluster in Southern Ontario.

Radhakrishnan Mahadevan is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. His work involves the development and application of dynamic mathematical models of biological systems for improved design, optimization, and control. The objective is to design processes in a systematic way for applications in industrial and medical biotechnology, including microbial fuel cells, biofuels, bioremediation, and personalized nutrition and medicine.


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