Synthetic biology expands the breadth of biology from the space of existing biological systems to non-natural but potentially viable living systems. Synthetic biology complements systems biology but differs in that synthetic biology seeks to forward engineer biological systems towards some goal after understanding their mechanisms. Many scientists will describe synthetic biology as the intersection between the biological and engineering sciences, with the goal of applying engineering principles to design biological systems that do not yet exist in nature. Conversely, systems biologists seek to understand how genetic circuits work in biological processes.The goal of systems biology is to understand the organizational principles that guide the formation of complex networks of interactions inherent in living systems.
The following MCDB faculty have interests in Systems and Synthetic Biology: