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Cheers! Centre supports Pint of Science 2019 evening

The Centre supported a Pint of Science 2019 event dedicated to synthetic biology on May 22.

For three evenings in May, beer met biology through some engaging presentations (in some cases performances) by some of the Centre researchers.

Global Alliance of Biofoundries launched

A new network of the world’s leading Biofoundries was launched to drive forward synthetic biology research in academia and industry.

UKRI Future Leader Fellow

Congratulations to Dr Amanda Jarvis of the School of Chemistry and member of the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, who is one of four University scientists awarded government fellowships to help them become leaders in research and innovation.

Chief of US Naval Research visits Centre

Rear Admiral David Hahn

The Centre was delighted to host Rear Admiral David Hahn, Chief of US Naval Research and Director of Innovation, Technology Requirements, and his Flag Aide Lieutenant Jason Penland on May 9th.

UKRI Future Leadership Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Baojun Wang, Reader in Synthetic Biology at the School of Biological Sciences and member of the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, who is one of four University scientists to have been awarded government fellowships to help them become leaders in research and innovati

Business minister visits Centre and Foundry

The Rt Hon Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), visited the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology on April 26th along with a tour of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry.

Driving the 4th industrial revolution across the Central belt

The Centre is involved in an exciting collaboration that has been shortlisted for the first wave of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Strength in Places Funding. The project aims to boost the economic impact of the burgeoning Industrial Biotechnology sector in Scotland's Central Belt.

SynBioBlog: Could microbes be our smallest collaborators in biotechnology?

budding yeast

Synthetic biology, a developing area of research focused on designing and building with DNA, tends to attract attention for several reasons.

Smartphone-based biosensor to tackle arsenic poisoning

A smartphone-compatible biosensor could help millions of people avoid drinking water contaminated by arsenic. The portable device uses bacteria to detect unsafe arsenic levels.

Skin swab test for Parkinson’s on horizon

Tilo Kunath

A study has identified chemicals in the skin responsible for a unique scent in people with Parkinson’s disease. The chemicals can be detected in an oily substance secreted from the skin called sebum, the researchers found.