User:Brendan J. Hussey
- Brendan J. Hussey
- Toronto Ontario, Canada.
I am currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto working in synthetic biology with Dr. David McMillen. I learned about OpenWetWare from iGEM and Andrew Hessel, and I've joined because competing in iGEM secured strong interest in synthetic biology. Ever since I have been optimistic for the future of synthetic biology and it has dominated my scientific interests to the extent of me pursuing career in this area.
- 2010, BSc Honors Molecular Biology & Genetics, Minor Neuroscience, University of Guelph
- Currently in a chemistry PhD program at the University of Toronto.
Pre-Grad Synthetic Biology Experience
- Awarded Bronze metal in iGEM 2008 representing the University of Guelph with goal of engineering food grade bacteria to produce beta-carotene. Proof of concept completed in E.coli.
- Theoretical work on removal/metabolism of small molecule contaminants, particularly contraceptives such as EE2, from wastewater using engineered floc bacteria as part of WEAO competition.
- "Weekend project". see Pharmbiants - http://openwetware.org/wiki/User:Brendan_J._Hussey/Notebook/Pharmbiants (project suspended: may continue as part of grad work)
- Introduction and optimization of novel metabolic pathways in microorganisms for production of medically and economically important compounds.
- Genetic manipulation/rational design of symbiotic bacteria for therapeutic purposes; elaborating host/microbe interactions, controlled drug delivery, etc.
- Organelle-like, compartmentalization of select metabolic components for introducing modularity and increasing pathway efficiency.
- Harnessing cellular energy for powering electronics
- Reliable, targeted gene manipulation in eukaryotes (gene therapy).
- Epigenetics: particularly of neuroplasticity.
- Brain-machine interfaces
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