Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


University project makes Covid-19 information accessible in different languages

Covid-19 information has been made available in languages from around the world.

SynthSys students, postdocs and group leaders are among more than fifty people who have contributed their scienitfic and linguistic knowledge to make translations of the presentations at the Edinburgh Coronavirus workshop available in over twenty languages.

Adrian Bird shares world’s largest prize for pioneering brain research

Congratulations to Sir Adrian Bird, Buchanan Professor of Genetics based at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, member of the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain and Principal Investigator in the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, who has been awarded the world’s most prestigious neuroscience prize for his work to understand a rare neurological disorder.

Laser-cut face guards to shield Covid-19 key workers

Dr Katherine Dunn, SynthSys PI, has been coordinating Covid-19-related activities in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Technicians at the University developed the shields – which take around 70 seconds to produce – to help meet unprecedented demand for protective gear during the pandemic. to your Scientist Next Door

COVID19 lockdown measures have been implemented in more than 160 countries worldwide, affecting lives of billions of people. Schools will remain closed for months, and pupils around the globe are missing the practical and interactive aspect of learning.  In particular, it will be impacting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, where learning is activity-focused.  Furthermore, background of families further may limit their access to scientific activities, materials, or their ability to explain and demonstrate. This would further widen the gap in interest and uptake of STEM between socioeconomic groups.

IBioIC celebrates 2020 AGM with bumper attendance

Rennos Fragkoudis: Edinburgh Genome Foundry Manager

On February 5th and 6th, Scotland’s Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre celebrated it’s 6th Annual general Conference in Glasgow with over 500 delegates.

Harnessing nature’s protein glue could aid medicine and industry

A new protein production technique could speed up vaccine development and lead to high-tech synthetic fabrics and materials.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub

The University of Edinburgh has officially become a member of the Supergen Bioenergy Hub which works with academia, industry, government and societal stakeholders to develop sustainable bioenergy systems that support the UK’s transition to an affordable, resilient, low-carbon energy future.

Naked Scientist - Making mini kidneys

Professor Jamie Davies went native with the Naked Scientist podcasters to discuss his work using stem cells to create kidney organoids.

Can living computers do better than silicon ones?

A recently published collaborative paper in Nature Communications argues that living matter offers entirely new opportunities for digital and analogue computation.

Stimulating debate: barriers to new technology adoption

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Innogen Institute brought together social science researchers and scientists from the Roslin Institute and the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology (SynthSys) at the University of Edinburgh for a free public event exploring the opportunities