Genome engineering the introduction of desirable changes in the genome of living cells using CRISPR-Cas9 has fundamentally transformed biomedical sciences in characterization and treatment of human diseases. The major goal of the Genome Engineering Lab at the University of Westminster is to train and develop young researchers in the methods and theoretical knowledge necessary to investigate complex problems of molecular and cellular biology using CRISPR-Cas9 technology.
We have engaged students in various CRISPR-related projects within both curricular and extracurricular activities. Since 2020 the 'Gene Editors of the Future' program has co-created and collaborated with over 300 students. Promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and forming partnerships with relevant schools within the University and other organizations, as well as fostering community engagement to explore the ethical, social, and environmental dimensions of gene editing, is one of our key focuses. Our commitment is to empower students to become future leaders in the field of gene editing with a strong dedication to ethical and sustainable practices. Student experiences and feedback and the alignment with United Nations SDGs can be seen here.