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. The managers of the Centre’s specialist research facilities discussed the capabilities that they have been building over the past two years, providing expertise in metabolomics, genome assembly, microscopy, microfluidics, cell transformation and data management for the Centre’s research community. The Board enjoyed a tour of the Genome Foundry and Prof Ron Weiss, a pioneer in synthetic biology and professor of biological engineering at MIT, then gave a keynote on his own research in mammalian synthetic biology.
We would like to thank our Board, all our Centre members including our new PhD students, and the management team for helping make this a very successful event. Feedback from the Board was excellent and we are grateful for their valuable recommendations, which we will work hard to implement over the coming months.