Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Decoding and Designing: Out and about at Midlothian Science Festival

Alazne Dominguez (right, postdoc in Jamie Davies lab) and Cigdem Selli (left, postdoc at The Queen’s Medical Research Institute) came up with a clever, hands-on approach for building a dialogue around these technologies. Here they explain what happened.

iGEM Success - Gold for Edinburgh Teams

Congratulations to both Edinburgh teams who won gold medals at the 2018 Giant iGEM Jamboree – the annual showcase of student-driven synthetic biology projects.

New light-based systems turns off protein production

A novel light-controlled ‘off’ switch for proteins will open up new ways to explore how many important cellular processes work.

Edinburgh's first Cafe Synthetique

On 9th of October, researchers from Biology, Informatics and Engineering hosted Edinburgh’s first Café Synthetique event. This monthly event aims to address the lack of public and informal events for those curious about Synthetic Biology.

Professor Andrew Millar appointed Scotland’s CSA for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Photo of Andrew Millar

Professor Andrew Millar, previously Director of Edinburgh’s Centre for System Biology (2007-2012) and SynthSys, has been appointed as the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA).

Doors Open day attracts more visitors

The University’s Doors Open event attracted even greater numbers with thousands braving the lively Scottish autumn weather to explore the science going on at the King’s Buildings Campus.

Young Frankenstein – cautionary tale or valuable lesson


A Sci-Screen event provided a light-hearted backdrop for Centre members to engage the audience of Edinburgh Skeptics in a more serious dialogue about science, its representation and its communication.

Building superbugs in the Meadows

Centre members braved the erratic Edinburgh summer weather to build bugs with kids of all ages at the annual Meadows Festival.

Over 100 children came along during the event to design and build bugs with super powers that could help to save the planet.

Centre hosts future trends workshop

A group of 50 leading synthetic biologists gathered at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (see image) in Edinburgh on May 16 and 17 to discuss ‘Future Trends in Synthetic Biology.’

Science as Muse

What happens when a leading scientist visits a group of first year illustration students at the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)? The birth of a new field where the scientist becomes the muse.