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Open Centre Meeting - 27 Oct 2016


‘CL4W: Cleaning Land for Wealth using synthetic biology’ - Matt Edmundson (PDRA, Horsfall group, Biological Sciences)

‘Governance of Place, Science and Innovation - Whither the role of Higher Education in the UK city-regions?’ - Fumi Kitagawa (Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & innovation, Business School)

Seminar - Sabina Leonelli, 27 Oct 2016

Dr. Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)

How to Transform a Project into a Research Community? A Philosophical Perspective on Scientific Change and Collaborative Research 

It was a knock out – the ultimate centre retreat?

A bus load of 45 synthetic biologists headed to the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Peebles for the first retreat for the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology (CMSB).  

Acoustic genomics and the future of biology

SynthSys hosted Labcyte’s Annual Genomics Symposium at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Sept 28 and 29.

Open doors to synthetic biology

Over 70 visitors enjoyed learning about synthetic biology and its many applications at the Edinburgh Doors Open event in the Roger Land Building on Saturday 24th at the King’s Buildings Campus.  

Open Centre Meeting - 6 Oct 2016


‘The dynamic signatures of eukaryotic signalling pathways’  - Dr Julian Pietsch (Swain Lab, Biological Sciences)

‘Improving the investigation of DNA Origami self-assembly with high throughput Methods’ - Fabian Schneider (Visiting student, Cai Lab, Biological Sciences)

Seminar - Sven van Teeffelen - 6 Oct 2016

Sven van Teeffelen (Institute Pasteur)

Regulation of cell size and shape in bacteria

Detecting the collapse of cooperation

The sustainability of biological, social, economic and ecological communities is often determined by the outcome of social conflicts between cooperative and selfish individuals (aka ‘cheaters’).

How bacteria cope with (osmotic) shock

Research from the lab of Dr Teuta Pilizota has elucidated how bacteria manage to stay in control of their pressure and cell volume when placed in environments with low osmolarity.

Open Centre Meeting - 22 Sept 2016


Chris Mellingwood (PhD student, Calvert Group, Social & Political Sciences) -  ’Understanding the place of automation in UK synthetic biology: Perspectives on robotics and the doing of biosciences research’

Simone Dimartino (Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering) – '3D printing of ordered structures: is that any good to my research?'