News 2021

2021 News

Dr Katherine Dunn awarded Fellowship of Institute of Physics

School of Engineering Lecturer and SynthSys PI Dr Katherine Dunn has been awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Physics.

School of Engineering recognises their Covid-19 heroes

During a School of Engineering staff meeting in November, 81 members of the School community were honoured for their work on the Covid-19 pandemic response.

SULSA Saltire Emerging Researcher Award

This funding aims to promote mobility between Scotland and European research partners with the aim of strengthening existing, and seeding future, research relationships.

Recipients of the UKIC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships announced

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced this year’s recipients of the UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

Hidden REF Award given to Guide to Pharmacology project

The  IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY has been given a hidden REF award in the category ‘applications of research’

Dr Giovanni Stracquadanio awarded EPSRC Early Career Fellowship

Congratulations to Giovanni Stracquadanio who has been awarded an EPSRC Fellowship worth £1.35M on generative recombination enzyme engineering for therapeutics.

Dr Nadanai Laohakunakorn awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

Congratulations to SynthSys member Nadanai  Laohakunakorn, who is the recipient of a UK government fellowship that supports researchers and innovators with outstanding potential.

Natural blue food colouring gets eco-friendly production boost

Scientists have developed an environmentally-friendly way of boosting the production and heat stability of a natural blue colouring known as phycocyanin, or spirulina extract

Dr Diego Oyarzun appointed as Turing Fellow

Congratulations to Diego Oyarzun, SynthSys PI  and Reader in the School of Informatics and Biological Sciences,  who has been appointed as a 2021 Turing Fellow.

Precise optical control of gene expression in C. elegans

Researchers have developed and used an improved genetic code expansion system for optical control of gene expression in an animal.

Dr Adam Stokes wins inaugural DDE Academic Entrepreneurship Award

The University’s first Data Driven Entrepreneurship (DDE) Academic Entrepreneurship Award is presented to a member of academic staff who has shown outstanding leadership in driving entrepreneurship among students and fellow researchers.

Transcription Factor OCT4 influences cell fate by interacting with packaged DNA

A new study in Nature Cell Biology has brought clarity to how cells become or stay pluripotent - the ability to go on to produce multiple cell types. 

Dr Katherine Dunn named in Top 50 Women in Engineering

Congratulations to Synthsys PI Dr Katherine Dunn, who has been named in the Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

Bacteria serves tasty solution to global plastic problem

Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution… by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavouring.

Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for Parkinson's team

A multi-disciplinary team, including SynthSys & CRM PI Dr Tilo Kunath , has won the 2021 Analytical Division Horizon Prize: Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science

Prof Jamie Davies awarded the inaugural Wolpert Medal

Jamie Davies, Professor of Experimental Anatomy in the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, has been awarded the inaugural Wolpert Medal from the British Society for Developmental Biology.

New high throughput cell-selection system to speed medical advances and research

Edinburgh Genome Foundry has invested in a cutting edge system, funded by a £2 million grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), that will speed advances in medicine and fast-track other areas of science.

Biocomputation made easy by a new method in cracking up proteins

Researchers from Dr Baojun Wang's lab at SynthSys have found a reliable way to break and then fix important proteins by biological glues. This creates better opportunities to program proteins and make biocomputational circuits. 

£8.7m collaboration seeks better route to modern medicines

An £8.7 million, five-year research collaboration led by the University of Edinburgh and FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK (FDB) will develop more cost-effective ways to make modern antibody-based medicines.

Cancer mutations insight could boost detection and personalise treatments

The understanding of many common cancers could be revolutionised by the discovery that in some cases the disease is partly triggered by large numbers of inherited genetic mutations, previously thought to have little impact on cancer risk.