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SynthSys Seminar - Arben Merkoçi, 23 February 2017

Arben Merkoçi
(Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology)

Diagnostics using Nanobiosensors

Open Centre Meeting - 23 February 2017


Metabolomics facility updates, ideas and guidance
Dr Hannah Florance (Metabolomics specialist) – Le Bihan Lab, Biological Sciences
Company Formation
Liza Sutherland (Enterprise Executive LAUNCH.ed) - Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI)
Tom Ogilvie (Enterprise Development Manager) - Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI)

Engineering eco-evolutionary feedbacks with synbio

Cells can cooperate and cheat and researches at SynthSys have shown that synthetic biology can be used to test novel hypothesis on the way cellular cooperation is preserved. 

Open Centre Meeting - 9 February 2017

BabblED: A Modular Approach to DNA Data Storage
Edinburgh iGEM team (2016)
Engaging new audiences through art and experimentation
Dr. James Howie (ASCUS Art and Science)

Award to enable scale-up of valuable blue dye

dried spirulina powder

The ability to mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries is being developed with help from SynthSys researchers, Drs Baojun Wang and Alistair McCormick, in a partnership with Scottish Bioenergy.

Delivering Impact with Industrial Biotech: Conference 2017

marcu standing by his poster

Ambitiously entitled 'Delivering Impact', the third Annual Conference of the Industrial Biotech Innovation Centre (IBioIC) attracted over 400 delegates over two days in late January.

SynthSys Seminar - Gilles Charvin, 9 February 2017

Gilles Charvin (IGBMC)

Nonlinear feedback drives homeostatic plasticity in H2O2 stress response

Engineering Rubisco to increase plant productivity

Arabidopsis plants

Generating new crop varieties with increased yields is critical for safeguarding future food security. One of the key limiting factors for productivity is the poor efficiency of the photosynthetic enzyme, Rubisco, which is responsible for net CO2 uptake in all plants.

Open Centre Meeting - 26 January 2017


Real-time multi-spectral monitoring of biological phosphorus removal from wastewater
Helen Cope (Elfick Group, School of Engineering)
Introduction to Consultancy at the University of Edinburgh       
Claire Keenan (Consultancy Associate, Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI

SynthSys Seminar - Sarah R Davies, 26 January 2017

Sarah R Davies

(Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen)


Responsibility in practice: What does (and should) scientific responsibility mean?