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New model provides insights into microbial evolution

Model of microbial evolution

Researchers at SynthSys have developed a novel modelling approach to predict how microbial communities might adapt in response to their changing environment. Such insights could be valuable in understanding how microbial communities emerge, establish, and diversify.

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)

Open Centre Meeting - 23 November 2017

Talks by
Sebastian Jaramillo-Riveri (PhD Student, el Karoui Group, Biological Sciences)
DNA damage response and its effects on antibiotic tolerance in E. coli
Valentin Zulkower (Software Manager, Edinburgh Genome Foundry)
The EGF Software: what's in it for you?

Guest Synthego Seminar on 17 Nov 2017

Advancing CRISPR Methods with Synthetic sgRNA

Join Kevin Holden, PhD – Head of Synthetic Biology at Synthego – to learn about CRISPR applications for advanced genome editing, advantages to synthetic sgRNA and how to maximize the success of your CRISPR experiments.

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)