Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Exploring Grand Challenges in China

In early November, members of SynthSys headed to Shenzhen (China) to participate in the 11th International Genomes Conference and run a satellite workshop to explore the ‘grand challenges’ for our planet that could be addressed with synthetic biology.

New Lecturer in Biotechnology

The Centre welcomes Dr Stephen Wallace, recently appointed Lecturer in Biotechnology in the School of Biological Sciences.

'Rising Star in Science’

Congratulations to Dr Patrick Cai, Chancellor’s Fellow and SynthSys PI, and founding co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, who was awarded the annual ‘Rising Star in Science’ award for his work on automation in DNA design and assembly and the synthetic yeast chromosome project.

Second Report: Provision of Biological Data Management systems

Practical evaluation of SEEK and OpenBIS for biological data management in SynthSys; second report.

It was a knock out – the ultimate centre retreat?

A bus load of 45 synthetic biologists headed to the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Peebles for the first retreat for the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology (CMSB).  

Acoustic genomics and the future of biology

SynthSys hosted Labcyte’s Annual Genomics Symposium at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Sept 28 and 29.

Open doors to synthetic biology

Over 70 visitors enjoyed learning about synthetic biology and its many applications at the Edinburgh Doors Open event in the Roger Land Building on Saturday 24th at the King’s Buildings Campus.  

Detecting the collapse of cooperation

The sustainability of biological, social, economic and ecological communities is often determined by the outcome of social conflicts between cooperative and selfish individuals (aka ‘cheaters’).

How bacteria cope with (osmotic) shock

Research from the lab of Dr Teuta Pilizota has elucidated how bacteria manage to stay in control of their pressure and cell volume when placed in environments with low osmolarity.

Transatlantic award to create eukaryotic cellular model

Prof. Andrew Goryachev of SynthSys has received a Bilateral NSF-Bio/BBSRC award, which is specifically designed to fund bilateral collaborations between the UK and USA scientists.