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Biotechnology

Biotechnology

We pursue activities relating to the engineering of biological systems.

Our researchers develop tools and resources for engineering biology, as well as translating biochemical discoveries from our fundamental research into products. Our staff have extensive expertise in enzyme technologies. This includes the discovery of novel marine enzymes with applications in low temperature detergents, the exploitation of microbial hydrogenases for industrial biotechnology and bioenergy research, and the development of antibody-based protocols for the identification of novel, industrially-relevant enzymes and screening for counterfeit products.

Our staff work to develop novel pest and pathogen control strategies. This includes the development of novel molecules for crop protection - and crucially, their biosafety against non-target organisms, as well as new in-field diagnostic and surveillance tools for plant pests and pathogens.

Our staff are active in the development of novel bio-inspired and bio-functional materials. This includes work on functional biocomposites for energy recovery and waste recycling, and materials augmented with cell-free systems for novel responsive materials.

Academic staff contributing to this theme are listed below.

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