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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.

Latest News

Welcome to the new SynthSys Director

Dr Meriem el Karoui of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biology has become the new Director of SynthSys.

A fine balance between stress and success in synthetic circuit design

A new study has provided insights into how varying the number of synthetic circuits introduced into host cells influences their behaviour may provide a guide to improved synthetic circuit design.

Algae could feed and fuel planet with aid of new hi-tech tool

Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, a study suggests. Scientists have devised a method that could lead to cheap, environmentally friendly ways of making products for use in the cosmetics, plastics and food industries.