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Biology: Engineering New Properties Into DNA Using Synthetic Biology With Professor Richard Bowater From University of East Anglia

March 25 @ 15:35 - 16:20

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In this Biology session, Richard Bowater, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education in the School of Biological Sciences at University of East Anglia, will run an interactive talk for students on Engineering New properties Into DNA Using Synthetic Biology.

Synthetic biology has developed rapidly in the 21st century. It covers a range of scientific disciplines that incorporate principles from engineering to take advantage of and improve biological systems, often applied to specific problems.

Synthetic biology research has huge potential in biotechnology and medicine, which brings important ethical and moral issues to address, offering learning opportunities about the wider impact of research involving life sciences.

Starting from a basic understanding of the structure of DNA, this talk will explore the potential for synthetic biology projects to find solutions to global grand challenges.


Speaker Profile: Professor Richard Bowater


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Biology and related disciplines. It is anticipated that the session will have a wider appeal for STEM students. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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March 25
15:35 - 16:20
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