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Thesis Defense In Chemistry, Presented by Amir Jafariyan

September 21, 2022
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Miller Room - 328 Havemeyer

Thesis Defense in Chemistry
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Applications of Engineered Live Yeast Systems in Human Health

Presented By Amir Jafariyan


As the name suggests, synthetic biology designs new biology using human power, knowledge, and creativity. Biology is vast, complicated, and all-inclusive, and so is synthetic biology. I believe synthetic biology is the Utopia of biologists, chemists, physicists, material scientists, engineers, and computer scientists. It is a newly emerged and vastly growing field that can impact and improve our lives in many aspects. I dare to say that anything you see that is done by biology can, in the future, be done better by synthetic biology since, on top of having biology as a teacher and as a template, synthetic biology has the benefit of creative and rational design provided by the human brain. In a way, it is the next step in evolution.

In this thesis, we worked on some yeast synthetic biology applications. We used engineered yeast to create bandages to enhance and accelerate the healing of diabetic wounds, make biosensors for pathogenic bacteria and for a small molecule metabolite (glucose) important in diabetic patients, and design a community of cells that could contain artificial intelligence.

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