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SynthSys Seminar - Dr Bruno Martins on 31 March 2017

Dr Bruno Martins

Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Frequency doubling in the cyanobacterial circadian clock

Serminar - Prof Ron Weiss on 4 April 2017

Professor Ron Weiss

Professor of Biological Engineering and Director, Synthetic Biology Center at MIT

Engineering cells, Building circuits

Open Centre Meeting on 23 March 2017


Dr Matteo Cavaliere (School of Informatics) – ‘Engineering eco-evolutionary feedbacks with synbio’      

Dr Niki Vermeulen (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) – ‘Creating space for collaboration: an architectural perspective’

Seminar - Victor Sourjik on 23 March 2017

Prof Victor Sourjik (Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology)

Chemotactic bacteria as mobile biosensory devices

Five synthetic yeast chromosomes built


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.

Inside the Black Box: Heterogeneity, modelling and healthcare

Black box exhibit

Luis Montano, a Wellcome Trust funded PhD student in the lab of Professor Peter Swain, developed an interactive exhibit for the Future Health Hackathon in Edinburgh. Here he explains the thinking behind the exhibit.


SynthSys Seminar - Carole Goble, 9 March 2017

Professor Carole Goble (University of manchester)

All the fun of the FAIR:  status and prospects for research data management in Life Sciences

Open Centre Meeting - 9 March 2017

Short talks by:

Stephen Wallace (Lecturer in Biotechnology, Biological Sciences) – ‘Merging Synthetic Biology and Synthetic Chemistry’

Patrick P. Rose (Science Director – Synthetic Biology, Office of Naval Research Global) - 'The Office of Naval Research Global, an overview'