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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?

Optical density: the risks of making assumptions

With the surge of interest in antimicrobial resistance, microbial synthetic biology and biotechnology applications, optical density measurements - the standard way to estimate cell numbers in microbiology - are rapidly becoming automated and high throughput.

SynthSys Seminar - Ulrich Schwarz, 12 Jan 2017

Ulrich Schwarz (Heidelberg University, BioQuant and Institute for Theoretical Physics)

Active elasticity of cells

Better technique for probing RNA structure

Full length hammerhead ribozyme

Probing RNA structure using high-throughput sequencing could revolutionize our understanding of the role of RNA secondary structure in regulation of gene expression.

Staff Public Engagement Award

Congratulations to Dr Hannah Florance and Dr Gaynor Campbell, in the Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, for their staff award for public engagment in the School of Biological Sciences.

Open Centre Meeting - 8 Dec 2016


‘Single cell measurements of free energy dynamics in E.coli'
Katya Krasnopeeva
(PhD student, Pilizota Group, Biological Sciences)
‘Testing inference methods with microscopes and microscopes with inference methods'          
Dr Elco Bakker
(Swain Group, Biological Sciences)