Synthetic Biology at The Sainsbury Laboratory was formed in May 2013.

We design and develop molecular tools to engineer genomes and use natural and synthetic biological parts to produce novel functions in plant cells.

Our research is centred around the tools and methods for the precise modification of plant genomes, efficient high-order DNA assembly, and developing molecular tools that allow us to detect and understand the molecular interactions between plants and their pathogens.

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Ngou BPM, Ahn HK, Ding P, Redkar A, Brown H, Ma Y, Youles M, Tomlinson L, Jones JDG (2019)

Estradiol-inducible AvrRps4 expression reveals distinct properties of TIR-NLR-mediated effector-triggered immunity. bioRxiv preprint Jul 14, 2019 doi:

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Patron NJ (2016)

Blueprints for green biotech: development and application of standards for plant synthetic biology. Biochem Soc Trans. 44:702-8. doi: 10.1042/BST20160044.

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Parry G, Patron N, Bastow R, Matthewman C (2016)

Meeting report: GARNet/OpenPlant CRISPR-Cas workshop. Plant Methods 2016 12:6 DOI: 10.1186/s13007-016-0104-z

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Raitskin O, Patron NJ (2015)

Multi-gene engineering in plants with RNA-guided Cas9 nuclease. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2015.11.008

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