Developing a graduate training program in Synthetic Biology: SynBioCDT

Idil Cazimoglu, Alexander P.S. Darlington, Aurelija Grigonyte, Charlotte E.G. Hoskin, Juntai Liu, Robert Oppenheimer, Jesús A. Siller-Farfán, Claire Grierson, Antonis Papachristodoulou*

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This article presents the experience of a team of students and academics in developing a post-graduate training program in the new field of Synthetic Biology. Our Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology (SynBioCDT) is an initiative funded by the United Kingdom's Research Councils of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC), and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences (BBSRC). SynBioCDT is a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick, and has been successfully running since 2014, training 78 students in this field. In this work, we discuss the organization of the taught, research and career development training. We also address the challenges faced when offering an interdisciplinary program. The article concludes with future directions to continue the development of the SynBioCDT.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberysz006
Number of pages8
JournalSynthetic Biology
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2019


  • graduate education
  • Synthetic Biology


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