Dr Baojun Wang (Principal Investigator)

​Dr Baojun Wang is the Group Leader of the Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab, and Chancellor’s Fellow in Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh working at the interface between biology and engineering. He is a tenured Principal Investigator in the School of Biological Sciences and the cross disciplinary SynthSys Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology. Dr Wang is the Programme Director of the Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology MSc at Edinburgh. He received a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London (2011) and was a Research Associate at Imperial College before joined the faculty of University of Edinburgh in 2013. His research interests include building novel customised gene circuits for sensing, information processing and computing of multiple cellular and environmental signals with applications in diverse areas, for example, biosensing, biomanufacturing and biotherapies.

Dr Russell Brown (PDRA)

​Russell received his PhD in Virology from the University of Cambridge. He works on engineering bacterial virus to precisely treat gut pathogens.

Dr Filipe Pinto (PDRA)

​Filipe received his PhD degree in Biology from the University of Porto in Portugal. He designs and engineers new scalable biological circuits.

Ella Thornton (PhD student)

Ella received her 1st class BSc in Biology from the University of Liverpool. She develops synbio-enabled tools for biomaterials and biologics manufacturing.

Xinyi Wan (PhD student)

Xinyi received her MSc in Immunology from Imperial College London. She works on novel biological signal processing circuits and sensors. 

Yang Liu (PhD student)

Yang received his MSc in Molecular Cellular Biology from National Taiwan University. He works on programs for cellular computing and information control.

Trevor Ho (PhD student)

Trevor received his MSc in Bioengineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He works on synbio-enabled biosensors and circuit design.

Yiyu Xiang (PhD student)

Yiyu received his MRes in Synthetic Biology from Imperial College London. He works on methods to implement large-scale biocomputing programs.

Prabu Siva (PhD student)

Prabu received his MEng in Bioengineering from Imperial College London. He engineers new genetic logic control circuits in living cells. 

Grant Gale (PhD student)

Grant received his MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Brighton. He works on synbio-enabled industrial biotechnology with cyanobacteria.



·  Prof Martin Buck FRS, Imperial College London: gene regulation, molecular microbiology

·  Prof Lynne Regan, Yale University: protein design and engineering, biomaterials

·  Prof Mi-Na Kweon, Asan Medical Center (Seoul): animal model for bacterial gut infections

·  Prof Sebastian Maerkl, EPFL (Switzerland): biosensing and microfluidic display.

·  Prof Chris French, University of Edinburgh: biosensing and gene assembly 

·  Dr Alistair McCormick, University of Edinburgh: photosynthesis, cyanobacteria

·  Dr Filippo Menolascina, UoE, Engineering: microfluidics, control enginering of cells

·  Dr Till Bachmann, UoE, Infection & Pathway Medicine: biosensing, AMR diagnostics

·  Dr Kate Cuschieri, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh: HPV diagnostics, cervical cancer pathology

·   Microsoft Research Lab Cambridge: biological computation (collaboration)

·   Defence Science and Technology Lab: biomaterials for defence (collaboration)

·   Scottish Bioenergy: microbial bioreactors design for high-value biologics manufacturing (collaboration2 collaboration1



Dr Kevin Liu (Visiting Scholar), Lecturer at National University of Defense Technology, 2013 - 2014, UoE. 

Alfonso Ortega (MSc in Biotechnology), Apr - Sep 2014, UoE

Asdaq Raja (BSc in Molecular Genetics), Jan - May 2016, UoE

Sina Schack (MSc in Systems & Synthetic Biology), Apr - Sep 2016, UoE

Dr E Bernard, PDRA, Jul 2014 - Oct 2016, UoE

Zeyu Lu (MSc in Biotechnology), May - Dec 2017, UoE

Dr Louise Holyoake, PDRA, Oct 2016 - Apr 2018, UoE