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In the news

Dr Teuta Pilizota, a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University and a member of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, has been in the spotlight for her research on the biophysical properties of bacteria.

Teaching excellence recognised

Professor Jamie Davies, Professor of Exerimental Anatomy in the Centre for Integrative Physiology and a member of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, has been awarded the 2015 Kendell Award for Teaching in Medicine 2016 at the University of Edinburgh.

Wealth from waste innovation in awards line-up

Dr Matt Edmundson, a postdoc working in the lab of Dr Louise Horsfall, has had his entrepreneurial spirit recognised in being one of the finalists for the Innovation Cup in Edinburgh’s prestigious 2016 Inspire Launch Grow competition.

The SAW Trust inspires with science-art workshop

On April 20th, SynthSys hosted the SAW Trust to deliver a one-day training event for their innovative approach to teaching science to children using the power of words and pictures.

A fuzzy felt festival of science

An enthusiastic gang of SynthSys researchers took synthetic biology to the Edinburgh Science Festival from March 31st to April 4th.

International collaboration to expedite rational design in synbio

Dr Filippo Menolascina, Chancellor’s Fellow in Institute for Bioengineering (School of Engineering) and a member of SynthSys, has been awarded with a Royal Society-MoST (the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology) grant to work with Prof.

Leadership Award

Dr Filippo Menolascina, a Chancellor’s Fellow in Biosystems Modeling and Control in the Institute for BioEngineering at the University of Edinburgh has won a place in the 2016 cohort of the prestigious Scottish Crucible, run by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

SynBioBlog - SynBioBeta London 2016

Edinburgh was well represented at this year’s SynBioBeta UK 2016 conference on April 6th to 8th. This annual event goes from strength to strength and could soon outgrow its current venue at Imperial College London.

SynBio Perspectives: Automation, expectations, and laboratory work - a robot in every lab?

The robot scientist

There is, so it is said, a coming wave of automation, with effects on everything from cancer surgery, to hotel concierge services to self-driving cars.  As this most recent story about 550 job-losses through automating financial advice at RBS demonstrates, these issues are now more consistently hitting mainstream media thanks to their tangible real-world effects on people and institutions. This puts automatizing work in science and engineering in a much broader context, and leads me to the question: is everyone talking about the same thing when they talk about the rise in robotics and laboratory automation?

Royal Society Award for Innovation

March 10th 2016