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NAKFI Grantees Co-Author Review on Synthetic Biology.

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Synthetic Biology Grantees, Michael C. Jewett and Joshua N. Leonard of Northwestern University, along with their students co-authored a review article on Synthetic Biology in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Drs. Jewett and Leonard each acknowledge the NAKFI program for support in this effort (via their individual grants).

Dr. Michael C. Jewett, Dr. Joshua N. Leonard and their students Brian R. Fritz, Laura E. Timmerman and Nichole M. Daringer co-authored a review paper on Synthetic Biology titled Biology by Design: From Top to Bottom and Back.  To read the the paper please click hereor copy the following URL into your browser: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jbb/2010/232016/.

Dr.  Jewett is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and member of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University.  Dr. Jewett’s laboratory engineers cell-free systems with an emphasis on protein synthesis and metabolism, tests assumptions about our understanding of how life works, and generates useful, cost-effective factories for manufacturing human therapeutics and valuable biochemicals that are difficult to make in vivo.   He was awarded a NAKFI Synthetic Biology grant in 2010 for his proposal titled Synthetic ribosomes for pharmaceutical discovery and synthesizing life.  For more information regarding Dr. Jewett and his research please visit his lab’s webpage.
Dr. Leonard is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center  and Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern University.  Dr. Leonard’s research group engineers customized cellular functions and multicellular networks for applications in biotechnology and medicine, including programmable cellular “devices” enabling both better understanding and treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases, and evolvable coordinated microbial networks for rapidly adaptable biomanufacturing of useful products. In 2010 Dr. Leonard was also awarded a NAKFI Synthetic Biology grant for his proposal titled Development of a novel platform for engineering synthetic interkingdom communication, in collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Collins of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For more information about Dr. Leonard or his research please visit his lab’s webpage.