The Art and Science of Synthetic Biology 

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Kate Adamala enjoys creating AI images of synthetic cells. This conceptual image was generated in response to prompts such as “synthetic cell”, “artificial life”, and “jigsaw puzzle biology”. 

Kate Adamala enjoys creating AI images of synthetic cells. This conceptual image was generated in response to prompts such as “synthetic cell,” “artificial life,” and “jigsaw puzzle biology.” 

Kate Adamala

Researchers apply the principles of synthetic biology to address some of the most pressing human health challenges. In what some consider a science and an artform, scientists use bacterial components in creative ways to create synthetic cells for cancer research. 

In this episode, Iris Kulbatski from The Scientist’s Creative Services Team spoke with Kate Adamala, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and a synthetic biologist working on engineering synthetic cells, to learn more about the latest advances in using synthetic biology for cancer therapy applications. 

More on this topic: Building a Synthetic Biology Platform for Drug Delivery

Conceptual image of a synthetic cell showing the internal cellular machinery.

Kate Adamala’s creativity stretches from her laboratory bench to her digital canvas, where she builds synthetic cells that inspire artistic expression.

Kate Adamala

The Scientist Speaks is a podcast produced by The Scientist’s Creative Services Team. Our podcast is by scientists and for scientists. Once a month, we bring you the stories behind news-worthy molecular biology research. This month’s episode is sponsored by Namocell – a Bio-Techne brand.

Speaker:

Kate Adamala

Kate Adamala, PhD                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor
Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
University of Minnesota


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