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Open Centre Meeting - 20th April 2017

Short talks by

Pascoe Harvey (PhD student, Rosser Group, Biological Sciences) - 'Small RNA dependent guide RNAs as a platform for CRISPRi logic'

Dr Gareth Roberts (PDRA, Soufi Group, Biological Sciences) - 'Defining the Pioneer Activity of Human Oct4'.

Centre welcomes International Science Advisory Board

The UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology had its first Board Meeting on April 3 and 4. Over the two days, the Board heard about progress across all active research work packages as well as several new avenues of research.

SynBioBeta London 2017

In what is a 'must attend' fixture in the synthetic biology events calendar, the 2017 annual meeting of SynBioBeta provided a useful window on the UK and international synthetic biology startup landscape.

Exploring Grand Challenges

The Centre has continued to explore the potential opportunities for synthetic biology in developing regions of the world over the past month with funding from two Global Challenge Research Funding (GCRF) awards.

Seminar - Dr Bruno Martins on 31 March 2017

Dr Bruno Martins

Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Frequency doubling in the cyanobacterial circadian clock

Seminar - 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.