Systems and Synthetic Biology

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Two happy researchers in white lab coats handling laboratory equipment
Group photo of all members of the division of systems and synthetic biology

At the Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology, SysBio, biologists, chemists, mathematicians, and engineers work together with the goal of understanding and quantitatively describing the complex functioning of living organisms. Based on that understanding, we develop technologies that contribute to human health and to biosustainability.

System-level understanding of life can be exploited in many useful applications. Synthetic biology, which uses mathematical models in combination with the latest genome editing procedures, develops efficient cell factories for sustainable bio-production of food, chemicals, and high-value compounds.

The knowledge obtained by systems biology is also used to understand the molecular mechanisms behind human health and disease, and design novel prevention, diagnostic and treatment strategies.

In addition to contributing cutting-edge science, SysBio is very active in undergraduate and postgraduate education, and has a strong tradition of patenting and spinning out new technologies.

The Division of Systems and Synthetic Biology is part of the Department of Life Sciences. SysBio is headed by Professor Ivan Mijakovic and is currently composed of 13 research groups, each working on independent research topics. 

Our research labs

Bengtsson-Palme labb
Bengtsson-Palme Lab

Our research is centred on the ecology and evolution of opportunistic pathogens, the genes involved in virulence, compet...

Chen labb
Chen Lab

Our research efforts focus on accelerating the development of future cell factories through integrated approach combinin...

David labb
David Lab

The focus of our research is the field of Synthetic Biology/Medical Biotechnology for next generation drug discovery and...

Faresjö labb
Faresjö Lab

Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease are two of the most common autoimmune diseases in children and the incidence of these...

Kerkhoven labb
Kerkhoven Lab

Our research revolves around metabolic systems biology, where model-driven analysis of experimental data is used to unde...

King labb
King Lab

Our main research focus is on the automation of science. In particular, we are interested in the development of ‘Robot S...

Mijakovic labb
Mijakovic Lab

The work in our lab is driven by scientific curiosity: we seek to understand and describe how biology works. We sometime...

Molin labb
Molin Lab

An overarching goal of our research is to understand how signalling through the reactive oxygen species hydrogen peroxid...

Nielsen labb
Nielsen Lab

Our research focus is on systems biology of metabolism with current focus on metabolism related to development of human...

Petranovic labb
Petranovic Lab

My research interest is on yeast S. cerevisiae cell death and aging.

Polster labb
Polster Lab

Our research focuses on systems medicine approaches to complex diseases. We combine competences in clinical and translat...

Siewers labb
Siewers Lab

Our lab uses state-of-the-art synthetic and systems biology technologies to engineer yeast cells for a vast variety of a...

Zelezniak labb
Zelezniak Lab

The understanding and effective manipulation of biological systems, i.e., the ability to predict the behaviour of biolog...