Special Issue "Synthetic Biology for Biosensing in Health and Environmental Applications"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensor and Bioelectronic Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Cheemeng Tan
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Artificial Cellular Systems group, Biomedical Engineering, University of California Davis, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Interests: artificial cellular systems for biomedical applications
Dr. Baojun Wang
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
The Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FF, UK
Interests: biological circuit design; synthetic biology enabling tools

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Synthetic biology has ushered in engineering approaches to design cells and cell-free systems for biosensing applications. The applications include portable diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and disease treatment. To establish these applications, synthetic biological systems are subject to design, test, and build cycles to modify their gene and protein circuits for specific application objectives. In the design cycle, various tools, including microfluidics, single-cell genomics, and high-throughput cloning, are used to create synthetic biological systems.

Scope of the Special Issue:

  • Modern synthetic biology technologies to design, test, and build novel biosensors.
  • Methods to overcome challenges in translating synthetic cells for biosensing in health and environmental applications.
  • Development of novel parts to enable biosensing in synthetic cells.
  • Development of novel circuits to achieve biosensing in synthetic cells.
  • Cell-free protein-synthesis systems for biosensing applications.
  • Artificial cells for biosensing applications.
  • Synthetic bacteria and mammalian cells for biosensing applications.
  • Application of synthetic cells for biosensing in medical treatment and diagnosis.
  • Application of synthetic cells for biosensing in environmental applications.

This Special Issue aims to cover the recent discovery, engineering, and translation of biosensors using synthetic biology approaches for biomedical and environmental applications.

Dr. Cheemeng Tan
Dr. Baojun Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • synthetic biology
  • health
  • environment
  • genetic circuits
  • biosensors
  • cell-free
  • synthetic cells
  • artificial cells

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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