Innovating research, policy and education in synthetic and systems biology

People

SynthSys embraces an ever-growing community interested in applying synthetic and systems biology to address a diversity of challenging research questions.

Principal Investigator

  Area(s) of Interest

Dr Rosalind Allen

Royal Society  Research Fellow and Reader in Biological Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy

rallen2@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

 

    Biophysics, Systems Biology

Prof Manfred Auer

Professor of Translational Biology, School of Biological Sciences

manfred.auer@ed.ac.uk

 

    Microscopy, BioPhysics, Drug discovery technologies, Tool compounds

Prof Paul Barlow

Professor of Structural Biology, School of Biological Sciences

paul.barlow@ed.ac.uk

 

 
 
Protein structure, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, immunology, complement system

Prof Adrian Bird

Buchanan Professor of Genetics, School of Biological Sciences

a.bird@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Epigenetics, neurodevelopmental disorders

Dr Jane Calvert

Reader in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

jane.calvert@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Synthetic Biology, Synthetic Aesthetics, Social Dimensions

Dr Scott Cockroft

Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry

scott.cockroft@ed.ac.uk

 

 
 
  Organic Biochemistry

Dr Dominic Campopiano

Chair of Industrial Biocatalysis, School of Chemistry

dominic.campopiano@ed.ac.uk

 

 
 
  Organic Biochemistry

Prof Jamie Davies

Professor of Experimental Anatomy, Centre for Integrative Physiology

jamie.davies@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Developmental Biology, Tissue Engineering

Prof Vincent Danos

Chair of Computational Systems Biology, School of Informatics

vdanos@exseed.ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Modelling

Prof Bill Earnshaw

Professor of Chromosome Dynamics, School of Biological Sciences

bill.earnshaw@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Epigenetics, Mammalian Synethic Biology

Prof Alistair Elfick

Personal Chair of Synthetic Biological Engineering, School of Engneering

alistair.elfick@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Synthetic Biology, Synthetic Aesthetics

Dr Meriem El Karoui

Chancellor's Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

meriem.elkaroui@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Modelling, Microscopy, DNA repair, e coli
 

Prof Charles Ffrench-Constant

Director; Professor of Multiple Sclerosis Research, Centre for Regenerative Medicine

cffc@ed.ac.uk

 
  Mammalian Synthetic Biology

Prof Chris French

Personal Chair of Microbial Biotechnology, School of Biological Sciences

c.french@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Biosensors, Microbial Biotechnology, DNA Assembly, biomass conversion, biocatalysis

Prof Peter Ghazal

Chair of Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine, Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine

p.ghazal@ed.ac.uk

 

 
   

Prof Andrew Goryachev

Chair in Computational Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences

agoryach@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Budding Yeast, Modelling, Microscopy, Signal transduction, BioPhysics, pattern formation, cellular morphogenesis, computational cell biology

Dr Sander Granneman

Wellcome Trust RCD Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

sgrannem@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Budding Yeast, RNA Structure, degradation

Dr Sebastian Greiss

Chancellor’s Fellow, Centre for Integrative Physiology

 

 
   

Dr Ramon Grima

Reader, School of Biological Sciences

ramon.grima@ed.ac.uk

 

 

 
  Modelling

Prof Karen Halliday

Reader, School of Biological Sciences

karen.halliday@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Modelling, Plant Synthetic Biology

Dr Louise Horsfall

Lecturer in Biotechnology, BiologySchool of Biological Sciences

louise.horsfall@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Industrial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology, biomanufacturing, resource efficiency, bioremediation, biomass degradation, novel enzymes, nanoparticles

Prof Gary Loake

Professor of Molecular Plant Sciences, School of Biological Sciences

gloake@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Industrial Biotechnology,

Dr Alistair McCormick

Chancellor's Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

alistair.mccormick@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Plant Synthetic Biology

Dr Filippo Menolascina

Chancellor's Fellow Institute of Bioengineering School of Engineering

Filippo.Menolascina@ed.ac.uk

 

    Specialties: Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Systems Biology,
Synthetic Biology, Control Theory

Prof Andrew Millar

Chair of Systems Biology, School of Biological Sciences

andrew.millar@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Modelling, Plant Synthetic Biology

Dr Naomi Nakayama

Chancellor's Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

naomi.nakayama@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Plant Synthetic Biology

Dr Luke McNally

Chancellor'e Fellow, School of Bioogical Sciences

Luke.Mcnally@ed.ac.uk

    Systems Biology, Bioinformatics, Modelling

Dr Teuta Pilizota

Chancellor's Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

teuta.pilizota@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Microscopy, BioPhysics, Bacterial stress response, bacterial physiology

Dr Steve Pollard

Reader, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

steven.pollard@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Stem Cell Biology

Dr Nikola Popovic

Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics

Nikola.Popovic@ed.ac.uk

 

    Modelling,  Multi-scale dynamics, Dynamical Systems

Prof Susan Rosser

Chair of Synthetic Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Co Director Edinburgh Genome Foundry

susan.rosser@ed.ac.uk

 
  Mammalian Synthetic Biology

Dr Guido Sanguinetti

Reader in Machine Learning  Institute for  Adaptive and Neural Computation School  of Informatics

gsanguin@exseed.ed.ac.uk

 
  Modelling

Dr Abdenour Soufi

Chancellor’s fellow, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Abdenour.Soufi@ed.ac.uk

 

    Mammalian Synthetic Biology

Dr Adam Stokes

Lecturer, Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems,School of Engineering

Adam.Stokes@ed.ac.uk

 

    Microfabrication, Sensor Networks, Stretchable and Flexible Electronic Systems, Bioinspired Soft Robotics and Embodied Simulations.

Prof Peter Swain

SULSA Chair of Systems Biology, School of Biological Sciences

peter.swain@ed.ac.uk

 

 
  Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, Budding Yeast, Modelling, Microscopy, Signal transduction

Dr Tom Thorne

Chancellor's Fellow , School of Informatics

 

 
  applications of statistical methodologies to problems in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics

Prof Joyce Tait 

Director Innogen Institute

joyce.tait@ed.ac.uk

 

 
 
  Governance & Regulation, regenerative medicine, drug development, advanced plat biotechnology, Innovation strategies, stakeholder engagement

Dr Niki Vermeulen

Lecturer in history/sociology of science Science Technology and Innovation Studies, School of Social and Political Science

niki.vermeulen@ed.ac.uk

 
 
  Systems Biology, Science & Innovation policy

 

Dr Stephen Wallace

Lecturer in Biotechnology, School of Biological Sciences

stephen.wallace@ed.ac.uk

 

 

  biotechnology, synthetic biology, whole-cell biocatalysis, bioconjugation chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry

Dr Bartek Waclaw

RSE Research Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy

bwaclaw@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

 

 
 
  Biophysics

Dr Baojun Wang

Chancellor's Fellow, School of Biological Sciences

bwang@exseed.ed.ac.uk

 

 
 

Synthetic biology and biotechnology: biosensing, bioprocessing and biotherapy