What’s New

August 9 2018: Wondering what SyngenicDNA is all about? Now you can find out. Our pre-print on SyngenicDNA is available as of today!:




August 6 2018: Huge congrats to synthetic microbiology team member Javier on his new Nature Communications manuscript “Biosensor libraries harness large classes of binding domains for construction of allosteric transcriptional regulators“, hot off the press today!


You can read it right here! (and email Javier when you have questions).

July 6 2018: Welcome to this years Forsyth Student Scholars! Deepti and Sina joined the lab to work on a novel restriction-modification (RM) system sub-type identified by the Johnston Lab. Over the next 8 weeks they will work with their mentors Sean and Javier to figure out how this new type of RM system works! Exciting stuff!


Each year we accept student applications for summer internships through the Forsyth Student Scholars Program (formally EOP program): https://www.forsyth.org/forsyth-student-scholars-program

June 6 2018: As a 2017 TRA awardee, Chris attended and presented a poster at the 2018 NIH High-Risk, High-Reward symposium in Bethesda, MD.

Details of next years exciting funding opportunities through the Common Fund can be found here!


March 7 2018: The Johnston lab is seeking postdoctoral applications through the Forsyth Institute’s T90/R90 Institutional Postdoctoral Training award. Details can be found here! Interested individuals should contact us directly.

December 15, 2017: The PacBio Sequel is up and running! Lots of genomes and methylomes coming soon.

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November 20, 2017: Dr. Javier Fernández-Juárez joins the Johnston Lab group at Forsyth Institute as a Staff Research Investigator, bringing exciting skill sets and his biosensor expertise to the synthetic microbiology group at Forsyth.

October 5, 2017: The prestigious NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award has been granted to Forsyth Investigator Christopher Johnston and his colleagues and will be administered by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The grant recognizes exceptionally creative scientists pursuing high-risk, high-reward research that spans multiple disciplines and has the potential to challenge current paradigms. Johnston is one of eight investigators selected to receive this year’s award, which is open to scientists at all career stages. He is also among the program’s youngest grantees since its launch in 2009.

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A research team led by the Forsyth Institute today received a $5.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue revolutionary research of microbes living in the mouth and within the human body. The research has the potential to accelerate work in diverse fields, including medicine, synthetic biology, agriculture and environmental sciences.