CSIRO BioFoundry: Bioengineering Capability
The BioFoundry is a state-of‑the‑art facility providing a platform to accelerate discovery and bioengineering for the emerging bioeconomy. With a suite of specialist equipment to meet the needs of high-throughput bioengineering projects, we are open to projects with industry and academia.
Working in the area of synthetic biology, bioengineering makes it possible to develop more sustainable and effective solutions to tackle environmental, health, manufacturing and other industry challenges through designing and building biological systems.
Applications can include medical treatments like insulin that are produced without needing animal parts, biodegradable plastics made without petroleum products and microorganisms harnessed for bioremediation to clean pollutants from our water, soil and air.
- Design DNA for construction
- Microorganism bioengineering
- High-throughput strain screening
- Development of methodologies and protocols to use new organisms.
Specialising in high-volume design and build services, the BioFoundry’s equipment allows us to perform full workflows including combinatorial genetic design and high-throughput genetic strain build. This is made possible by our suite of robotics for DNA assembly and transformation. Our testing capacity extends to basic phenotyping and we can link in access to metabolomics, protein production, and other facilities in CSIRO.
The CSIRO BioFoundry operates in the Design - Build – Test – Learn bioengineering workflow.
Recent projects include high-throughput multi-level combinatorial DNA construct assembly, ribosome binding site optimisation using machine learning and artificial intelligence, and cell-free protein expression.
We can also link in strain engineering consultation, metabolomics, fermentation, protein purification, machine learning, and other services through CSIRO’s extensive portfolio.
Use this facility
CSIRO’s BioFoundry is based at the Ecosciences Precinct at Dutton Park and we are open for business. We welcome academia and industry, Australian and international clients. If you have an enquiry relating to the BioFoundry, please contact Dr Janet Reid.