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Our Centre has a 9 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.

Latest News

Five synthetic yeast chromosomes built

Yeast

A significant new milestone in the Synthetic Yeast Chromosome project has been reached with five yeast chromosomes now fully constructed. The development could have widespread benefits for improved understanding of fundamental biology as well as food security, healthcare and biofuels.

Microsoft and Edinburgh to make biological computation a reality

Electronic circuits in cells

Microsoft has teamed up with SynthSys Principal Investigator, Dr Baojun Wang, to build the genetic ‘hardware’ needed to turn living cells into biological computers.

Exploring Grand Challenges in Uganda

African researchers in a brainstorm session

On February 8-10, Prof Susan Rosser, Prof Alistair Elfick and Dr Liz Fletcher attended the AGM of the MUII-Plus DELTAS programme held in Entebbe, Uganda, at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.