Aida Tafrishi

Wheeldon lab: The ability to synthetically redesign and manipulate organisms to produce the substances we want, which is the basic concept of synthetic biology, sounds astonishing. This field of science is of great importance globally because it can dramatically impact our lives. It can be applied to promote health and save people’s lives worldwide by reducing the rates of infectious diseases, creating more precise tools for disease detection, and producing new pharmaceutical and diagnosing products to treat several diseases, such as malaria and cancer. It can also reduce environmental harm, decrease our reliance on petrochemicals, create processes to produce alternative energy sources, or promote health and environmental sensing. Moreover, its impact on agriculture can be extensive. Synthetic biology can improve crop insect resistance, generate higher crop yields, develop crops with enhanced nutrition values, and increase the photosynthetic performance of plants.