The ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) will provide the technical innovation critical for Australia to develop a vibrant bioeconomy building on the nation’s strengths in agriculture. For thousands of years we have used microbes to create bread, wine, cheese. Now, our Centre will pioneer new approaches to the design of synthetic microbes, enabling the development of custom-designed microbial communities, synthetic organelles and new to nature biological pathways and enzymes. CoESB will combine engineering with molecular biology to design and construct novel biological systems that can convert biomass from agriculture or waste streams to biofuel, bioplastics and other high-value chemicals.

Funding: $35 million over 7 years
Centre Director:  Professor Ian Paulsen 
Administering Organisation:  Macquarie University

Participating Organisations:

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The Australian National University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • The University of York, UK
  • University of Edinburgh, UK
  • National University of Singapore
  • The University of Manchester, UK
  • Imperial College London
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Amyris, Inc
  • LanzaTech Pty Ltd
  • Gratuk Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Microbial Screening Technologies Pty Ltd
  • Microba Pty Ltd
  • Spanish National Research Council
  • Manildra Pty Limited
  • Australian Wine Research Institute
  • Molecular Warehouse Pty Ltd
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • Calysta Energy Inc
  • Bioplatforms Australia Ltd
  • Orbit Discovery
  • East West Capital Limited
  • Neochromosome Inc
  • New York University
  • Scion New Zealand Crown Research Institute