Jazz Ghataora

Jazz Ghataora

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Research interests

The nascent field of synthetic biology is based on the idea that biology can be engineered in a rationale design-based approach in order to endow cells with novel complex behaviours through engineered synthetic circuits which fulfil a particular application, for example detecting or removing environmental heavy metal pollution.

My work focuses on the design of such circuits in the model Gram-positive organism Bacillus subtilis, which I genetically modify to implement and test the functionality of circuits which operate in a manner analogous to computational logic circuits, such as Buffer and AND gates. The resulting engineered strains are modified to become living bacterial bioreporters. These living devices are able to “sense” and “compute” information in their environment (such as heavy metals) to the production of measurable signals which can be used to identify potential contaminants, or allow for their subsequent removal through means such as Bacterial-Induced Calcite Precipitation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Molecular Biotechnology, Master in Science, University of Birmingham

20182019

Award Date: 19 Oct 2018

Cellular & Molecular Biology, Bachelor of Science, Aston University

20142018

Award Date: 17 Aug 2018

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