Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology

Our Centre

Our Centre has a 10 year track record of multidisciplinary research in systems and synthetic biology and a community of more than 200 active researchers. We carry out research in the areas of industrial biotechnology, plant science, and medicine and healthcare.

About Us

SynthSys is a virtual centre, embracing an extensive community of more than 200 researchers distributed across the University. Our research is broad and deep, addressing a diversity of scientific questions with wide ranging impacts. We carry out research in the areas of industrial biotechnology (including bioremediation and biofuels), plant science and medicine and healthcare. You can read more about our Centre here.

In October 2015, we opened a newly refurbished building as the physical hub for our new UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology funded by the BBSRC/EPSRC/MRC as part of the UK Research Councils' Synthetic Biology for Growth programme.



Latest News

iGEM 2019

Congratulations to both Edinburgh teams who won medals at the 2019 Giant iGEM Jamboree – the annual showcase of student-driven synthetic biology projects.

Congratulations in order

Congratulations to Scott Neilson, our Genome Foundry lab technician, who graduated from Fife College with top marks for his HND in Applied Biological Sciences.

Open Doors for synthetic biology

The autumn sunshine brought out the crowds to the University’s Doors Open Day with hundreds of people enjoying the amazing variety of science ongoing on their doorsteps in Edinburgh.