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Systems and Synthetic Biology

Name Email Phone Room
Larry  Halverson (703) 292- 8440  655  
Devaki  Bhaya (703) 292-7131  655  
Edward  Crane (703) 292-5029  655  
David  A. Rockcliffe (703) 292-7123   


 Apply to NSF 17-589

The cluster supports proposals that make use of the tools of systems and synthetic biology to generate a comprehensive understanding of complex interactions within biological systems across different scales. Proposals using experimental and computational approaches in a synergistic fashion are a high priority. The cluster seeks proposals using tractable established or emerging model systems that focus on: regulatory and metabolic network dynamics; fundamental rules governing complex behavior; microbial communities and their interactions; and fundamental principles of biological systems.

The cluster encourages proposals in the following areas:

  • Systems-level analysis of regulatory, signaling, and metabolic networks, including the interactions among networks.
  • Synthetic biology approaches for understanding the origin of life, the minimal cell and emerging behaviors of complex interactions.
  • Experimental and computational tool development to facilitate systems and synthetic biology studies.
  • Microbiome studies with the potential to reveal rules of assembly and function in well-defined natural and synthetic communities using systems and synthetic biology approaches.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program