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Realizing the Promise of Synthetic Biology for Medicine, Energy and Agriculture
Synthetic Biology is a fast growing field of research that combines computer science, robotic automation and biological engineering to address the emerging medicinal, energy and agricultural needs of the modern world.
Patrick Westfall's talk will focus on a proof-of-concept synthetic biology platform in which a low-cost anti-malarial drug, normally produced in small quantities from the plant Artemisia annua, was engineered for high volume production in the brewer’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In addition, the talk will touch upon how synthetic biology is being used to produce petroleum fuel replacements and improve modern agricultural practices.
Patrick Westfall, PhD
Senior Research Specialist, Dow Agrosciences
Patrick Westfall is a Senior Research Specialist at Dow Agrosciences where he works on the development of a synthetic biology platform for advanced genetic engineering of agriculturally relevant systems. He received his BS in Biology from Purdue University in 1996 and his PhD in Botany from the University of Georgia in 2001.