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Open Centre Meeting - 8 February 2018


The physics of biological and non-biological microswimmers       

Dr Aidan Brown, Chancellor’s Fellow, School of Physics & Astronomy


Multiscale modelling of cellular signalling processes and plant cell wall biomechanics

Dr Mariya Ptashnyk, Senior lecturer, Mathematical & Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University

Should vegans eat yeast?

Bigbang weekend flier

SynthSys social scientist, Dr Erika Szymanski, wowed the audience at the Big Bang Weekend in Wigtown with a sparkling presentation on yeast.

Single-cell variability in multicellular organisms

A newly published paper has extended studies of noisy gene expression to multicellular organisms.

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.

SynthSys Seminar - Carole Collet on 8 Feb 2018

Design with living systems
Prof Carole Collet (Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures. Central St Martins)

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.

SynthSys Seminar - Dr Dimitris Hatzinikolaou on 25 Jan 2018

Bioprospecting for lignocellulose biorefineries
Dr Dimitris Hatzinikolaou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Open Centre Meeting - 25 January 2018


Deciphering mRNA Sequence Determinants of Protein Production Rate
Dr Juraj Szavits Nossan (Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, School of Physics & Astronomy)
Edinburgh Innovations
Dr Denise Hodge (Business Development Manager, Edinburgh Innovations Ltd/ The University of Edinburgh)

SynthSys Seminar - Prof Pieter Rein ten Wolde on 18 Jan 2018

The robust ticking of a circadian clock
Prof Pieter Rein ten Wolde (AMOLF research lab & Department of Physics, Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam)

Open Centre Meetng - 11 January 2018

Talks by

Dr Edward Wallace (Marie Curie Research Fellow. School of Informatics)
How fungi adapt to environmental change by remodeling their RNA: a systems biology challenge
Dr Ionat Zurr (Artist, curator, researcher and academic coordinator of SymbioticA, University of Western Australia)
Where should they belong? Looking to find the right place for bio-designed artifacts in the taxonomy and collections of natural/cultural histories