Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology

Our Centre

Our Centre has a 13-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

University project makes Covid-19 information accessible in different languages

Covid-19 information has been made available in languages from around the world.

SynthSys students, postdocs and group leaders are among more than fifty people who have contributed their scienitfic and linguistic knowledge to make translations of the presentations at the Edinburgh Coronavirus workshop available in over twenty languages.

Adrian Bird shares world’s largest prize for pioneering brain research

Congratulations to Sir Adrian Bird, Buchanan Professor of Genetics based at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, member of the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain and Principal Investigator in the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, who has been awarded the world’s most prestigious neuroscience prize for his work to understand a rare neurological disorder.

Laser-cut face guards to shield Covid-19 key workers

Dr Katherine Dunn, SynthSys PI, has been coordinating Covid-19-related activities in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Technicians at the University developed the shields – which take around 70 seconds to produce – to help meet unprecedented demand for protective gear during the pandemic.