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Exploring Grand Challenges in Uganda

African researchers in a brainstorm session

On February 8-10, Prof Susan Rosser, Prof Alistair Elfick and Dr Liz Fletcher attended the AGM of the MUII-Plus DELTAS programme held in Entebbe, Uganda, at the Uganda Virus Research Institute.

Inside the Black Box: Heterogeneity, modelling and healthcare

Black box exhibit

Luis Montano, a Wellcome Trust funded PhD student in the lab of Professor Peter Swain, developed an interactive exhibit for the Future Health Hackathon in Edinburgh. Here he explains the thinking behind the exhibit.


SynthSys Seminar - Carole Goble, 9 March 2017

Professor Carole Goble (University of manchester)

All the fun of the FAIR:  status and prospects for research data management in Life Sciences

Open Centre Meeting - 9 March 2017

Short talks by:

Stephen Wallace (Lecturer in Biotechnology, Biological Sciences) – ‘Merging Synthetic Biology and Synthetic Chemistry’

Patrick P. Rose (Science Director – Synthetic Biology, Office of Naval Research Global) - 'The Office of Naval Research Global, an overview'

SynthSys Seminar - Arben Merkoçi, 24 February 2017

Arben Merkoçi
(Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology)

Diagnostics using Nanobiosensors

Open Centre Meeting - 23 February 2017


Metabolomics facility updates, ideas and guidance
Dr Hannah Florance (Metabolomics specialist) – Le Bihan Lab, Biological Sciences
Company Formation
Liza Sutherland (Enterprise Executive LAUNCH.ed) - Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI)
Tom Ogilvie (Enterprise Development Manager) - Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI)

Engineering eco-evolutionary feedbacks with synbio

Cells can cooperate and cheat and researches at SynthSys have shown that synthetic biology can be used to test novel hypothesis on the way cellular cooperation is preserved. 

Open Centre Meeting - 9 February 2017

BabblED: A Modular Approach to DNA Data Storage
Edinburgh iGEM team (2016)
Engaging new audiences through art and experimentation
Dr. James Howie (ASCUS Art and Science)

Award to enable scale-up of valuable blue dye

dried spirulina powder

The ability to mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries is being developed with help from SynthSys researchers, Drs Baojun Wang and Alistair McCormick, in a partnership with Scottish Bioenergy.

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.