Engineering Microbiomes for Biodesign Applications

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BioDesign Research, a Science Partner Journal, is now considering submissions for a special issue: Engineering Microbiomes for Biodesign Applications.


Engineering microbiomes is becoming an emerging topic as efforts to rationally design a consortium of organisms have succeeded with a variety of synthetic biology tools available to researchers. This special issue’s goal is to provide a snapshot of the rapidly evolving field of microbiome engineering. The challenges and opportunities discussed in this issue will guide the thriving research community to a bright future with a huge number of potential applications. Both research and review articles will be considered. Both basic and application-focused research are welcome, and the following applications are encouraged:

  • Engineering probiotics, phages, and microbes
  • Disease detection, prevention, and treatment
  • Bioproduction of pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, inorganic materials, biofuels, and biochemicals
  • Biosensing and actuation
  • Bioremediation, carbon sequestration, and waste valorization, including plastic upcycling and utilization of lignocellulose and wastes from municipal, agricultural, and industrial sources
  • Biological computation, gene circuits, and neural networks
  • Biocontainment technologies

    Special Issue Editor

    Tae Seok Moon
    Associate Professor
    Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering
    Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
    Washington University in St. Louis
    Twitter: @Moon_Synth_Bio 

      Submission Deadline Extended

      December 31, 2022

        Submission Instructions

        Visit the Author Guidelines for full details. When submitting, please select the special issue topic as the Section/Category and indicate in your cover letter that your submission is intended for inclusion in the Engineering Microbiomes for Biodesign Applications special issue, ensuring to also address your letter to the attention of the Special Issue Editor (Tae Seok Moon). Authors wishing to submit a review are invited to first inquire with the Special Issue Editor (Tae Seok Moon, 

        Table of Contents

        As articles within the special issue are published they will appear below.

        Superior Conjugative Plasmids Delivered by Bacteria to Diverse Fungi

        Ryan R. Cochrane, Arina Shrestha, Mariana M. Severo de Almeida, Michelle Agyare-Tabbi, Stephanie L. Brumwell, Samir Hamadache, Jordyn S. Meaney, Daniel P. Nucifora, Henry H. Say, Jehoshua Sharma, Maximillian P.M. Soltysiak, Cheryl Tong, Katherine Van Belois, Emma J.L. Walker, Marc-Andre Lachance, Gregory B. Gloor, David R. Edgell, Rebecca S. Shapiro, and Bogumil Jacek Karas

        BioDesign Research, Vol. 2022, Article ID 9802168 | In Press

        Transporter Engineering in Microbial Cell Factory Boosts Biomanufacturing Capacity

        Xiaodong Lv, Haijie Xue, Lei Qin, and Chun Li

        BioDesign Research, Vol. 2022, Article ID 9871087, 8 pages | Jul 1, 2022

        Improving the Efficiency and Orthogonality of Genetic Code Expansion

        Xian Fu, Yijian Huang, and Yue Shen

        BioDesign Research, Vol. 2022, Article ID 9896125, 13 pages | Jun 15, 2022