Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology


Opening Doors on SynthSys

On September 26th, SynthSys opened the Waddington Building to the public for the first time during the Doors Open event. Over the course of the day we had 75 visitors come to explore about our multidisciplinary research that brings biology together with engineering.

Collaborative research reveals new view of cell division

Congratulations to Marcin Leda and Andrew Goryachev whose paper “Activator-inhibitor coupling between Rho signalling and actin assembly makes the cell cortex an excitable medium” is featured on the front page of Nature Cell Biology.

UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology Launched

The UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, funded by the BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC, was formally opened on October 7th by Caroline Strain, Head of Chemical Sciences, Scottish Enterprise.

Launch of the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology

On October 7th we will formally launch the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, funded by the BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC.

Edinburgh hosts SynBioBeta Activate! Event

October 6th

Tonight the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Scottish Enterprise hosts the first SynBioBeta event in Scotland. In what was a rapidly sold out event, companies and key opinion leaders will discuss the opportunities and challenges around the new tools and technologies that promise to drive the synthetic biology revolution. The event is followed by a networking opportunity in true Scottish style at the historic Scotsman Hotel overlooking the Capital.

SynthSys Seminar - 8th October 2015

Eriko Takano
Manchester Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM), Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, UK

Harnessing synthetic biology for the production of high-value chemicals


Edinburgh becomes first academic member of international biosecurity consortium

The University of Edinburgh’s Genome Foundry has become the first academic member of the International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC), an association of the world’s leading gene synthesis companies working to safeguard the rapidly-emerging field of gene synthesis.

Award to apply evolutionary game theory to study stem cells in engineered tissues

SynthSys Research Associate Dr Matteo Cavaliere at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh has won one of thirteen $100,000 awards from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative to use evolutionary game theory to create models of how stem cells may behave in engineered tissues. 

YeastFab offers useful tools for industrial biotech

Dr Patrick Cai, SynthSys Principal Investigator and co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry, along with collaborators from Tsinghua University have published their first paper on construction of YeastFab – a library of well characterized yeast genetic parts that will serve to expedite metabolic engineering of this industrial workhorse.

SynthSys recognised at Sustainability Awards

SynthSys was presented with a Silver Lab Award for the second year in a row at this year’s Ceremony.

More than 200 staff and students gathered at the Playfair Library Hall to celebrate the achievements of over 40 teams at the fifth annual Edinburgh Sustainability Awards.