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

Sustainable nylon production made possible by bacteria discovery

Working with adipic acid bacteria in the lab. Credit- Wallace Lab, University of Edinburgh

Nylon manufacture could be revolutionised by the discovery that bacteria can make a key chemical involved in the process, without emitting harmful greenhouse gases.

Award to explore enzyme that could transform RNA vaccines

Prof Susan Rosser, has been awarded £250k to explore the commercial potential of a novel enzyme that could transform the market for next generation vaccines.


Let’s raise a virtual glass to celebrate some good news in these troubling times.

Our centre would like to congratulate the following members on their very well deserved promotions