About the BAG Network

The BAG Network has received a 5-year RCN-UBE (Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education) award to:

  1. Host annual workshops. The goal of these workshops is to bring new and diverse institutions into the network. These are an opportunity to learn about synthetic biology and synthetic genomics, to try the techniques in the lab, and to get a comprehensive introduction to the workflows and teaching materials so that you can implement them in your courses ASAP!

    2. Disseminate lab protocols and teaching materials for three workflows.

  • Synthesis of bacteriophage genomes. This may be of interest to the many faculty participating in the SEA-PHAGES project. How can your students edit and manipulate your phage genomes to learn about genome structure and function?      
  • Synthesis of yeast neochromosomes. Introduce large pathways and systems into yeast as a new chromosome! Students can engineer new functions and processes.
  • Programmed genome rearrangement in yeast, aka the SCRaMbLE (Synthetic Chromosome Recombination and Modification by LoxP-mediated Evolution) system. The Synthetic Yeast Project has introduced LoxP sites throughout the yeast genome. Rearrangements between these sites can be induced, leading to a population of yeast with diverse chromosomal structures and arrangements. Your students can screen these yeast for novel phenotypes and learn what genomic changes underlie these new properties.

    3. Provide centralized resources enabling DNA synthesis and sequencing. BAG can be implemented at large
        research institutions and also at community colleges. Resources do not need to be an impediment to your students
        getting an authentic course-based research experience. The network will supply DNA synthesis and sequencing
        services to get you underway.

    4. Coordinate the exchange of ideas, expertise, and pedagogical results. Small liberal arts colleges, large research
        institutions, and comprehensive universities have all implemented BAG. There's a wealth of resources that we can
        provide to you, both through this QUBES site and in-person through our Workshops.


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Need more information?

Reach out, we'd be delighted to speak with you about the project!


Lisa Scheifele  

Eric Cooper

Robert Newman

Fran Sandmeier

Loyola University MD  

Hartwick College

NC A&T University