Harnessing the power of science and innovation biology to engineer new material solutions, create sustainable technologies for markets, and understand such advances from a societal perspective.
We have the potential to harness the microscopic building blocks of life – genes, molecules, and cells—for major, life-changing impact. With synthetic biology, scientists can program biology for the sustainable production of fuels, foods, medicines, and other next-generation materials critical to fight disease, power society, feed communities, and lower our carbon footprint.
Buz is engineering a new bacteria in order to make organic molecules, such as biofuels, to build a low-cost, environmentally friendly and large-scale system for storing and retrieving energy from renewable sources.
Learn more about Buz Barstow and his work.
Opportunities to support
Faculty, program support & research
CALS globally recognized faculty are the cornerstone of our reputation as a premier institution of scientific learning. Support CALS faculty and graduate students working on a multitude of issues around synthetic biology.
Student support & affordability
Scholarships enable Cornell to recruit and enroll the most promising scholars and garner a diverse student population. CALS supports students to ensure their success through programs such as peer mentoring, E3, CALS navigator, and experiential learning opportunities.
Establishing a named Moonshot fund or supporting the established Leading in Synthetic Biology Moonshot Fund offers CALS leadership the greatest flexibility to take advantage of innovative and emerging opportunities, and will be used to bolster CALS' strengths in support of initiatives focused on synthetic biology.
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The impact of giving
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