We aim to gain a new understanding of the rules that determine the growth and dynamics of complex biological communities in engineered applications. This will also account for hydrodynamic and biomechanical properties.
The research uses a variety of techniques that will be developed and adapted for this programme. We expect to use new applications and analytical methods, such as a new generation of scalable models that take account of biology, chemistry, physical and hydrodynamic behaviours.
It may also lead to new theoretical insights that we haven't yet imagined, as we watch the emergent behaviour of the systems.
We expect to gain new insights into:
- the ecology of microorganisms
- the robustness and application of synthetic biological techniques and the organisms it produces
- the coupled behaviour of complex communities and their physical and chemical environment
- how these complex behaviours manifest themselves into engineered functions.
The project will be run in three overlapping phases: