Laboratory for Cell-Free

Systems and Synthetic Biology

@ Northwestern University


Our research aims to develop cell-free biology as an enabling technology for biomanufacturing life-saving therapeutics, advanced materials, and sustainable chemicals, both quickly and on-demand. Specifically, we focus on designing, constructing, and modifying biological systems involved in protein synthesis and metabolism, with promise to advance new paradigms for synthetic biology.

  1. We aim to accelerate the construction of synthetic biomolecular machines making natural and unnatural biopolymers.

  2. We integrate fundamental science with technology development.

  3. We foster an inclusive, motivated, and creative culture which produces both world-class science and synthetic biology experts.


Mission Statement


June 2015 - Dr. Jewett selected to chair SEED2016.

May 2015 - Dr. Jewett selected to organizing committee of ICBE 2016.

May 2015 - Dr. Jewett awarded Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

April 2015 - Congratulations to Matt Amrofell for winning Honorable Mention in the Math & Technology Poster Award Category at the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium.

April 2015 - Dr. Jewett invited to give  a lecture at the Synthetic Biology Gordon Conference.

April 2015 - Erik Carlson invited to give a lecture at SEED 2015!

April 2015 - Jessica Stark wins NSF Graduate Fellowship!

March 2015 - Adam Hockeberry wins presidential fellowship

September 2014 - Dr. Jewett honored with the Cole-Higgins Award for Excellence in Teaching

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