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Dr. Herbert Sauro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has a BSc in Biochemistry/Microbiology and an MSc in Computing and Mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in Computational Biochemistry from Oxford Brooks University, UK while working with David Fell where he helped develop metabolic control analysis and new simulation software. His postdoctoral work was at the University of Edinburgh with Henrik Kacser.
His interests include network architecture, control systems, software and standards development and synthetic biology. Within synthetic biology his group works on noise propagation through cellular networks, novel strategies for metabolic engineering, aptamer design and leads the development of the Synthetic Biology Open Language. He is also interested in online teaching methods and publishing affordable text books.
The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) is a community developed data standard for exchanging biological designs within the synthetic biology community. SBOL can be used to exchange designs between software tools, research groups, and commercial service providers. The re-use of previously published designs is important to develop synthetic biology from a research endeavor to an engineering discipline. As a community-driven standard, SBOL is designed to adapt as synthetic biology evolves, providing specific capabilities for different aspects of the synthetic biology workflow. This talk will give an update to recent developments in SBOL and the importance of community in this inception and evolution.