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Cynthia H. Collins

Associate Professor
School of Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
United States of America


Cynthia Collins joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer in March 2008 as an assistant professor. Cynthia grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She obtained her Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto in 2000, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Caltech in 2006. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Michael Surette's lab at the University of Calgary, where she was the recipient of a prestigious Alberta Ingenuity Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Research Interest

Synthetic Biology, Biochemical Engineering, Microbial Communities


  • Dual selection enhances the signaling specificity of a variant of the quorum-sensing transcriptional regulator LuxR (2006)

  • A synthetic Escherichia coli predator-prey ecosystem (2008)

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