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Virtual reality makes kids’ play of photosynthesis

RuBisCO structure

The Centre is using virtual reality to provide the public with an understanding of how plant photosynthesis works.

Full speed ahead for the UK Bioeconomy

KTN conference brochure

The Centre attended the KTN Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Showcase in York on Sept 20 and 21 representing the Synthetic Biology Research Centres and Facilities across the UK, which now amounts to ~£300 million UK Government investment.

Synthetic Biology Opens Doors

photos from Doors Open

This year, Doors Open was even bigger and better than last as we welcomed over 200 visitors to the Roger Land Building on Saturday 23rd September to find out more about the great science we do within its walls.

Ethiopia explores synbio for vaccines

Birhanu Hurisa visits TIBA

In its continued efforts to develop international collaborations, the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology hosted Mr Birhanu Hurisa, co-director of the Vaccines Directorate of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) based in Addis Ababa.

Prestigious government appointment for Prof Tait

Photo of Prof Joyce Tait

Professor Joyce Tait, Director of Innogen and a member of Edinburgh synthetic biology research centres, has been made a member of the UK Government’s Science and Technology Council.

SynthSys Seminar - Dr Velia Siciliano on 23 Nov 2017

Designing new tools for synthetic biology in mammalian cells
Velia Siciliano (Imperial College London)

SynthSys Seminar - Prof Kevin Foster on 14 Nov 2017

Cooperation and competition in microbes: from model systems to the microbiome
Kevin Foster (University of Oxford)

SynthSys Seminar - Prof Martha Clokie on 9 Nov 2017

The dynamics of bacteriophages associated with gut microbiota
Martha Clokie (University of Leicester)

Open Centre Meeting - 26 October 2017

Talks by

Edinburgh iGEM UG 2017 team
SMORE: a Site-specific Modular Toolkit for Recombination
Neil Dalchau (Biological Computation research group at Microsoft Research Cambridge)
Programming Biology: Computing with DNA and Patterning with Synthetic Gene Circuits

SynthSys Seminar - Dr David Lea-Smith on 26 Oct 2017

Understanding and manipulating cyanobacteria, a phylum of environmental and biotechnological importance
David Lea-Smith (University of East Anglia)