Centre for Engineering Biology

News 2022

2022 news

Engineering Biology for the Future

A new Centre for Engineering Biology at the University of Edinburgh will build on existing strengths in Synthetic Biology, attracting new interdisciplinary collaborations and driving impact.

Converge Award to spinout Concinnity Genetics

Congratulations to Jessica Birt of spinout Concinnity Genetics at The University of Edinburgh for top prize in the kickstarter challenge at this year's Converge awards.

Gold Medal for UoE-UHAS Ghana team

Congratulations to the joint UoE-UHAS Ghana team who have received a gold award in the 2022 iDEC competition for their project tackling water pollution in Ghana and beyond.

New paper featured on cover of Journal of Cell Biology

A versatile cortical pattern-forming circuit based on Rho, F-actin, Ect2, and RGA-3/4

New Start Up: Concinnity Genetics

Launched by Dr Jessica Birt and Dr Matt Dale from the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology in SynthSys, Concinnity Genetics aims to improve the safety & efficacy of gene therapies using AI.

Extraordinary People: Dr Tilo Kunath

Dr Tilo Kunath, SynthSys member and Reader in Regenerative Neurobiology in the School of Biological Sciences is the latest innovator to be spotlighted in Edinburgh Innovations Extraordinary People campaign.

OGI Bio secures £1m investment

OGI Bio, a University of Edinburgh start-up, is developing affordable and innovative solutions for the automation and analysis of microbial culturing

Professor Susan Rosser elected as a Fellow to the Learned Society of Wales

Congratulations to Susan Rosser who is among 66 new fellows from across academic and civic life in Wales and beyond.

Extraordinary People: Professor Susan Rosser

Susan Rosser, Professor of Synthetic Biology and Director of the UK's Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, is spotlighted in Edinburgh Innovations Extraordinary People campaign

Joanna Sadler wins British Science Association’s Award Lecture Series

SynthSys PI Dr Joanna Sadler, BBSRC Discovery Fellow in Biotechnology, is the Award Lecture winner for the environmental sciences.

Stephen Wallace awarded 2023 Colworth Medal

Congratulations to Dr Stephen Wallace as the 2023 recipient of The Colworth Medal in the Biochemical Society's Awards

Susan Rosser and Jamie Davies elected as new RSE Fellows

Congratulations to Professors Susan Rosser and Jamie Davies who have been elected as new Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Fellows.

CRISPR insight could improve technique and biotechnology applications

Nature Communications Publication from the Molnar Lab

Extraordinary People: Featuring Professor Joyce Tait

Professor Joyce Tait, SynthSys member and  Co-Director of the Innogen Institute is the first innovator to be spotlighted in Edinburgh Innovations Extraordinary People campaign.

Partnership is finalist in Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2022

The Centre for Excellence in Bioprocessing 2.0 partnership led by FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies and the University of Edinburgh, with the University of Manchester, University of York and the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre is one of the finalists in The Multiparty Collaboration category.

Teuta Pilizota awarded UKRI Physics of Life grant

Professor Teuta Pilizota, Personal Chair of Biophysics, is the recipient of £2.1 million award from a UK government fund that harnesses physics approaches to tackle grand challenges in the life sciences.

Breakthrough paper published in Nature Chemical Biology

Discovery of cryptic bacterial sphingolipids reveals a convergent evolutionary biosynthetic pathway

Prof Andrew Goryachev awarded BBSRC-NSF/BIO grant in synthetic biology

Andrew Goryachev, Professor of Computational Cell Biology and SynthSys PI has been awarded a prestigious BBSRC - US National Science Foundation Directorate of Biological Sciences (NSF/BIO) grant in synthetic biology.

Breakthrough article from Greiss lab published in Nucleic Acids Research

Using a quadruplet codon to expand the genetic code of an animal