CSIC-UIMP Master on Integrative Synthetic Biology
Mastering the intrinsic capabilities of biological systems will contribute to better understanding the basic principles of life - and its emergence from lifeless components – and provide powerful tools for novel solutions to outstanding environmental and health-related problems.
Program Structure and Timing
MISB will run during 4 academic semesters, starting in October until July of the second year. It comprises 120 ECTS credits, organized in 4 academic modules (90 ECTS) and a master research project TFM (30 ECTS). MISB will enroll 10-20 students per promotion, to optimize the training process. MISB will adopt an innovative format in which the students will progress rapidly from intensive course instruction to extensive lab rotations and research (TFM) activities. Most of MISB activities will be in English.
Complete master information here:
Basic Principles & Research Topics (15 ECTS)
Introductory sessions: essential concepts of Synthetic Biology.
TOOLS: Advanced Methods (10 ECTS)
ASSEMBLY - Reconstitution of life-like molecular systems.
SYNTHESIS - Integration of functional modules in synthetic and natural cells
BIO-FACTORIES - Exploitation of SynBio in biotechnology and biomedicine
Fundamentals 0 (F0) - Welcoming and Introductory Lectures
Fundamentals 1 (F1) - Engineering molecular systems (bottom-up approaches)
Fundamentals 2 (F2) - Engineering cellular systems (top-down approaches)
Fundamentals 3 (F3) -
ASSEMBLY AND SYNTHESIS (I) + TOOLS (I)
ASSEMBLY AND SYNTHESIS (II) + TOOLS (II)
BIOFACTORIES + TOOLS (III)
Frontiers I (15 ECTS, semesters 1-2)
Frontiers II (15 ECTS, semesters 3-4)
Advanced seminars (8-10 per academic year) and 1-day workshops (3-4 per academic year) to complement / reinforce topics covered in FUNDAMENTALS.
Extension I (5 ECTS, semester 2)
Extension II (5 ECTS, semester 3)
Seminars and workshops on career development, communication skills, poster design, software-based workshops (statistics, MATLAB, imaging analysis, etc.), project management, entrepreneurship and academia-business relations, elaboration of a business
proposal for an EBT (technology-based company), ethics and bioethics,leadership, dissemination of science, etc.
Integrated labs I (15 ECTS, semester 2): lab rotations, tutored research activities.
Integrated labs II (10 ECTS, semester 3): lab rotations, tutored research activities, introductory research project