Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Second UK–Korea Workshop on Synthetic Biology

The Second UK–Korea Workshop on Synthetic Biology took place on the 20th of February 2014 in KAIST (the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology) in Daejeon, South Korea.

European Congress on Biotechnology

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Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre for Scotland

Just before Christmas last year, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) confirmed funding of £10m to seed the establishment of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC).  This will form the basis of an expected £45m spend on research projects and skills development in Industrial Biotechnology aimed at bringing these technologies to the market while making a substantive impact on the Scottish economy.  IBioIC has 13 academic partners across Scotland including the University of Edinburgh and will be initially based at Strathclyde.

A launch event for IBioIC took place at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) on Wednesday 5th February. Guest Speaker was John Swinney MSP (see photo), Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth. 

Yin Hoon Chew's newly published paper - Digital Arabidopsis plant!

 'Multiscale digital Arabidopsis predicts individual organ and whole-organism growth' has been newly published in Pnas.

Congratulations to Yin Hoon Chew & co-authors, including Karen Halliday and Andrew Millar.

Gordon Plotkin receives the EATCS Award 2014

Congratulations to Gordon Plotkin from the School of Informatics who has been given the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science Award for "his lifetime contribution of a research corpus of exceptional depth and influence across a broad range of areas within theoretical computer science.”  

Autodesk supports Genome Engineering at Edinburgh

Autodesk Inc., a Fortune 1000 company that develops software used globally to unlock creativity and solve broad challenges, is investing in genome engineering at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Autodesk is financing a three-year PhD stipend for Wei Liu, an international student in the lab of Dr Patrick Cai’s group, to conduct research in the area of synthetic biology and genome engineering. Wei will focus on developing novel DNA assembly methods to help construct the synthesis of the largest synthetic chromosome in the UK – yeast chromosome VII that is one million base pairs in length.

Chancellor's Fellowships

As part of a University-wide recruitment programme, the School of Biological Sciences seeks to appoint new Chancellor’s Fellows as an investment in the future of teaching and research. These prestigious Fellowship awards are aimed at early-career individuals of the highest potential who have begun to establish a reputation for the highest quality research at the forefront of their discipline and who have a commitment to learning and teaching at university level. We expect to appoint at least three Fellows. Substantial mentoring and development support will be available through and beyond the Fellowship period.