Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


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.

Hands-On Research Summer School a Success

Pilizota lab at summer school

Dr Teuta Pilizota and her post grad student Jerko Rosko took part in a two-week long summer school called Hands-On Research for Complex Systems in Trieste, Italy.

Celebrating our Modern Apprentice's first year

Eliane Salvo-Chirnside and Scott Neilson

The UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology’s first Modern Apprentice, Scott Neilson, is celebrating his first anniversary at Edinburgh. Here Scott and his manager, Eliane Salvo-Chirnside, reflect on the positive experience provided by this government-supported training scheme.

Edinburgh on the map for DNA design and construction

DNA design and assembly was the focus of three high-profile events in Edinburgh in early July. SynthSys launched its Edinburgh Genome Foundry, hosted the second SynBioBeta Activate! event, and held the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Sc2.0 International Synthetic Yeast Project.

Fast or precise? Marine bacteria can be both

When doing tasks we are often confronted with a fundamental question: shall I do it fast or do it precisely? From experience we know that achieving both is exceedingly difficult; compromise is the best bet. But can speed and precision be maximised at the same time?