Synthsys Event

Professor Stephen long FRS

27th June 2014, 12noon

The Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology (SynthSys) at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to be hosting Stephen Long, who will speak on ‘Computationally guided systems and synthetic biology approaches to increasing photosynthetic efficiency in crops’

Dan Stanzione, Director and Matthew Vaughn, Director of Life Sciences
Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Title: The iPlant Collaborative: Cyberinfrastructure for 21st Century Biology

iPlant is a new kind of virtual organization, a cyberinfrastructure (CI) collaborative created to catalyze progress in computationally-based discovery in plant biology. iPlant has created a comprehensive and widely used CI, driven by community needs, and adopted by a number of large-scale informatics Projects and thousands of individual users. iPlant holds more than 1.5 petabytes of user data comprising several hundred million files today, and is thus deeply

25th June

James Osborne (Oxford/MSR Cambridge)
Title: Multiscale modelling of multicellular biological systems: mechanics, development and disease

‘Uncovering the hidden half of plant biology using systems approaches’

Prof Malcolm Bennett

Centre for Plant Integrative Biology (CIPB), University of Nottingham
12noon, Lecture Theatre G10, Darwin Building
Host:  Andrew Millar

Talks by -

Stewart Mitchell- Business Development Manager, IBioIC (Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre)
'Challenges faced by IBioIC industry members and their areas of interest for IB projects'
Gabriela Toledo-Ortiz
A regulatory module coordinating light and temperature control of photosynthetic gene transcription

9.30am-10.30am, Waddington 1.08

Johnathan A. Napier
Department of Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Rothamsted Research

Heterologous synthesis of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic plants via iterative metabolic engineering: a terrestrial source of fish oils

Talks by -

Julien Michel (Chemistry) – Computational approaches to quantify and engineer protein-ligand interactions

Vincent Danos (Informatics) - The DARPA Big Mechanism project:


9.30am - 10.30am

Waddington 1.08


Guido Sanguinetti

School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Learning from qualitative properties of stochastic dynamical systems.

Talks  by –

Stewart Smith (Engineering) -  ‘Bioelectronic methods for the characterisation and manipulation of cells’


Jane Calvert (Social & Political Sciences)- 'Synthetic aesthetics and after'


9.30am, Waddington 1.08

Andrew Goryachev
University of Edinburgh

Competition principle in cellular morphogenesis

In principle, some cells can exhibit multiple axes of polarity. When cellular polarity determines the direction of asymmetric cell division, the uniqueness of polarity axis is essential since the nucleus cannot be divided between more than two daughters. We have been studying why budding yeast makes only one bud and under which conditions this uniqueness fails. We conclude that the normally unique selection of the polarity axis is determined by the winner-takes-all competition between the candidate polarity domains.

12noon, Waddington 1.08