Bacterial Cellulose, Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Conference, Myco-fabrication, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Biodesign projects presented at Designer Biology

5 Aug , 2019  

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Last week we saw a plethora of exciting projects from young and established scientists working in the field of bioengineering/synthetic biology at the Designer Biology conference. This was a joint conference organised by The European Federation of Biotechnology Polymer Biotechnology Section and the Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section, hosted by the Plant and Microbial Biology Group in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University […]

Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

SEM & EDS analysis of calcite formations in hydrogels

1 Jul , 2019  

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Hydrogels can be used as soil analogues to study bacteria growth and MICP in-situ in a more confined and easily accessible environment. In this study of microbial induced calcium carbonate crystal growth in agarose hydrogels, Beate has been investigating the influence of variation in the cementation media on micro-scale calcite growth and distribution. EDS X-ray […]

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Position as a Research Assistant /Associate in Design and Bio Computation Available

1 Apr , 2019  

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We are advertising an 18-month Research Assistant/Associate who will lead on the development of a new type of computational model integrating data from individual genes to forces through large volumes of material and living cells – visualising the 3D results of our Synthetic Biology system at multiple scales. We are looking for creative, highly motivated […]

Computational Colloids, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Visualisation of MICP in agarose hydrogel

5 Mar , 2019  

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Following on from Javier’s work on the application of agarose gel as a soil analogue, his project introduced a novel application in which agarose gels can be used for the development of early-stage demonstrators, by allowing an easier monitoring and greater control over the physical, chemical and mechanical properties of the environment. Thus allowing testing […]

Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

Testing glass cementation vessel

15 Jan , 2019   Video

A video preview of glass work produced for the project Thinking Soils of the liquid run-through in preparation for the biocementation process and testing as part of an ongoing PhD research development. 

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Highlights from MIT Media Lab Global Biosummit

9 Nov , 2018  

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The Global Community Biosummit held at MIT Media Lab brought together over 300 participants of DIY bio-enthusiasts from all over the world to convene, and continue the evolution of the ‘community biotechnology’ movement. The Bio Summit developed, through a co-creation process, a ‘Statement of Shared Purpose’ for the community : Our shared purpose is to fundamentally transform the life sciences […]

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Thinking Soils at MIT BioSummit 2018

26 Oct , 2018   Video

We are excited to announce that Thora and Martyn will be attending the Global Community BioSummit 2018. Our video will be presented along side a poster at MIT Media Lab.

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Designing with Living Materials presented at IAAC

19 Oct , 2018  

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Thora presented her experience in designing with living materials in a lecture at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) last week. Her focus was on her thesis topic, working with biomineralisation as a material for designers, and the Thinking Soils project. The presentation was a part of the Biology ZERO series, run by Dr Nuria Conde Pueyo and Jonathan Minchin […]

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Paper: Mild hydrostatic pressure triggers oxidative responses in Escherichia coli

10 Sep , 2018  

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Our paper titled: Mild hydrostatic pressure triggers oxidative responses in Escherichia coli has been published in the scientific journal Plos One, July issue.   The abstracts as follows: Hydrostatic pressure is an important physical stimulus which can cause various responses in bacterial cells. The survival and cellular processes of Escherichia coli under hydrostatic pressures between 10 MPa and […]

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Paper: Design and modelling of an engineered bacteria- based, pressure-sensitive soil

20 Aug , 2018  

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We have published our paper on the design and modelling of an engineered bacteria-based, pressure-sensitive soil in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, July issue.   The abstracts as follows:   In this paper, we describe the first steps in the design of a synthetic biological system based on the use of genetically modified bacteria to detect elevated […]

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Computational Colloids, Sporosarcina Pasteurii, Thinking Soils

The bio design lab in action

21 Jun , 2018  

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    Our team hard at work in our bio design lab in the Devonshire building at Newcastle University in our new Thinking Soils lab coats. After some time setting up we have a few projects that are already making use of the facilities. Here, Beate and Thora have been cultivating and experimenting with a biomineralising bacteria and […]

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Javier Rodriguez Corral receives best paper at ICGRE’18 conference in Budapest

24 May , 2018  

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We are pleased to announce that Javier Rodriguez Corral won the best paper award at the 3rd International Conference on Geotechnical Research and Engineering (ICGRE’18) in Budapest last month. The conference aim was to become the leading annual conference in fields related to geotechnical engineering, with over 120 papers presented. The conference paper: Agarose Gel as a Soil Analogue for Novel Ground […]

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MBC Documentary Features the Thinking Soils Project

9 Jan , 2018   Video

A documentary on the problems and potentials of bacteria and bacteria based technologies was broadcast in South Korea in December 2017. The documentary featured and interview with Martyn Dade-Robertson and clips of Luis Hernan and Javier Rodriguez Corral working in our new BioDesign Lab at Newcastle University. The video posted here is a clip from the documentary.   […]

Bacilla Spore Actuators, Bacillla Vitruvius, Computational Colloids, Thinking Soils

Bio Design Lab is now up and running

15 Nov , 2017  

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We have finally moved in to our new Bio Design lab in the Devonshire building at Newcastle University. So far our work has been spread across Labs at the Centre of Bacteria Cell Biology (at Newcastle University), Northumbria University and Civil Engineering as well as the workshops in Architecture at Newcastle University.  The lab has been […]

Computational Colloids, Thinking Soils

Thinking Soils Presented at UC Berkeley and NASA Ames

10 Nov , 2017  

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Martyn Dade-Robertson kicked off the new Thinking Soils project with a public lecture at UC Berkeley (Wednesday 18th October 2017) and NASA Ames (Thursday 19th 2017). The US Berkeley Lecture can be seen here.

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Thinking Soils: New PhD studentship Available

9 Sep , 2017   Video

We are pleased to announce a PhD studentship in a pioneering new EPSRC funded project: “Thinking Soils”. We are looking for highly motivated and talented Design Lead Researcher to join the team and take a leading role in a new field of Bio-Design by exploring the design potentials of living materials which respond to physical […]