Synthetic biologists apply engineering principles to solve biological challenges. Here at CSU, synthetic biologists are working to create plants that can be used to detect toxins and desalinate water, as well as microbes to synthesize biofuels and other valuable metabolites. In addition, computational approaches are used to predict DNA function and design protein crystals to deliver and protect nucleic acids.
Professor (Agricultural Biology)
The traits imparting weediness (competition, cold and heat stress tolerance etc…) to plants, and how these amazing organisms evolve resistance to herbicides.
Molecular and genetic studies of Arabidopsis; plant sentinels; synthetic biology.
Professor (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
Predictive models of the phenotype encoded in natural and synthetic DNA sequences.
Associate Professor (Chemical and Biological Engineering)Plant metabolic engineering to produce pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, bio – based chemicals and fuels.
Associate Professor (Biology)
Photosynthetic Efficiency and Algal Ecophysiology
Associate Professor (Chemical and Biological Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering)
Mathematical and computational modeling of biological processes.
Associate Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Leveraging archaeal physiology, metabolism, and molecular biology to produce high level metabolites & biofuels.
Associate Professor (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
Computer – guided protein and DNA engineering, particularly the engineering of crystals.
CBE 570 Biomolecular Engineering / Synthetic Biology
Facilities & Resources
Angel McKay Whiteman (Medford Lab)
(MS, 2020 Cohort)
Kristin Scott (Santangelo Lab)
GAANN Teaching Fellow 2018 – 19
qCMB T32 Fellow 2019 – 20
Sara Oehmke (Medford Lab)
Forensic Scientist at the Department for Public Safety in Santa Fe, NM
A comprehensive time-course metabolite profiling of the model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 under diurnal light:dark cycles. Werner A, Broeckling CD, Prasad A, Peebles CAM. Plant J. 2019 99(2):379-388.
Genetic Engineering of Cyanobacteria: Design, Implementation, and Characterization of Recombinant Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Sebesta J, Werner A, Peebles CAM. Methods Mol Biol. 2019;1927:139-154.