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Special Issue "Design in Synthetic Biology"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jiantao Guo

Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 634AA Hamilton Hall, Lincoln, USA
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Interests: synthetic biology; chemical biology; bioorganic chemistry; protein engineering; unnatural amino acid; genetic code; directed evolution; metabolic engineering
Guest Editor
Dr. Wei Niu

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, USA
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Interests: synthetic biology; metabolic engineering; protein engineering; codon expansion; systems biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a young multidisciplinary research field, Synthetic Biology has been enjoying rapid growth over recent years. It combines fundamental principles of science and engineering in order to achieve a precision design and an efficient construction of useful biological functions and systems. Synthetic Biology attracts interests from the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Material Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc. Applications of Synthetic Biology serve a very broad spectrum of goals, ranging from making basic scientific discoveries to solving practical problems, such as producing drugs and bio-based chemicals/fuels, improving traits of crops, and optimizing gene therapy.

The present Special Issue is aimed at bringing the most recent and exciting advances in Synthetic Biology to its audience. It covers, but is not limited to, new methods and novel applications in genetic circuit design, genetic code engineering, genome editing, DNA/genome synthesis, natural product discover/synthesis, novel pathway design/construction, metabolic engineering, biosensing, protein design/engineering, and mathematical modelling.

As Guest Editors, we cordially invite researchers to submit their recent advances in the field to this Special Issue of Molecules.

With best regards,

Dr. Jiantao Guo
Dr. Wei Niu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Synthetic Biology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Natural Product Biosynthesis
  • Protein Engineering
  • Genetic Code
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Biocatalysis

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