Thematic series on Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering

Microbial Cell Factories invites submissions to a special thematic series on Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering,  edited by Sang Yup Lee.

Systems biotechnology can be defined based on the definition of biotechnology from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as “The application of science and technology at systems level to living organisms as well as parts, products and models thereof, for the production of knowledge, goods and services”.

The series will  focus upon systems approaches to microbial biotechnology, spanning up-stream strain (cell and organism development by metabolic engineering) to mid-stream (fermentation and other unit operations) and down-stream processes. In the cases of mid- to down-stream bioprocesses, the systems engineering approach has been successfully applied in chemical industries (as a core subject of chemical engineering). Now, it is time to take systems biotechnological approaches in developing up-stream processes such as strain development, which will ultimately lead to successful biotechnology development when combined with systems engineering of mid- to down-stream processes.

Submit your manuscript online, indicating in your covering letter that you would like to be considered for the series. Submissions to the series will undergo rigorous peer review and if acceptable, your article will be formally published in Microbial Cell Factories as soon as it is ready, and will be highlighted as part of the collection. The series will run continuously throughout 2013, so keep watching the series page, to find the latest high quality research in Systems biotechnology and metabolic engineering.

If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a study for consideration, please email a presubmission enquiry to



Helen Whitaker

Journal Development Manager at BioMed Central
Helen is part of the Biological Sciences publishing team at BioMed Central. She obtained her PhD in molecular ecology from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her post-doctoral studies in aquaculture genetics took her from Scotland to South Africa, before joining BMC in 2008.

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