Realising the potential of synthetic biology for health

Our Vision

We are pioneering the development of the tools and technologies needed to realise the full potential of synthetic biology in mammalian systems. This will provide unprecedented insight into biological systems, underpin advances in human and animal health and wellbeing, and ultimately drive economic growth.

The Centre builds on more than seven years of productive multidisciplinary research in Edinburgh in synthetic and systems biology, extending its reach to embrace our world-leading expertise in cell biology, epigenetics and stem cell biology, and in human and veterinary medicine. 

We have an ambitious plan to build expertise in cell engineering tool generation, whole-cell modelling, computer-assisted design and construction of DNA and high-throughput phenotyping to enable synthetic biology in mammalian systems for multiple applications. In this way we will not only advance basic understanding of mammalian biology but also generate tools and technologies for near-term commercial exploitation in areas such as the pharmaceutical and drug testing industries, diagnostics, novel therapeutics, production of protein based drugs and also programming stem cell development and differentiation for regenerative medicine applications.

Underpinning this will be the development of standards for mammalian synthetic biology and taking the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation in new directions to include the use of strategic mapping methodologies and new approaches to engagement informed by speculative design.