Dr Baojun Wang (Principal Investigator)

​Dr Baojun Wang is Reader in Synthetic Biology and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, working at the interface between biology and engineering. He leads the Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab in the School of Biological Sciences and the cross-disciplinary Edinburgh SynthSys Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology. He received a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London (2011) and was a Research Associate at Imperial College before joining the faculty of the University of Edinburgh in 2013. His research interests include building novel customized genetic circuits for the sensing, information processing and computing of multiple cellular and environmental signals with applications in diverse areas, for example, biosensing, biomanufacturing and biotherapies. His research has been funded by UKRI (Future Leaders Fellowship), BBSRC, EPSRC, Gates Foundation among others in addition to leading industry partners including Microsoft Research, Huawei Technologies and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Dr Filipe Pinto (PDRA)

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

Dr Xinyi Wan (PDRA)

Xinyi received her PhD in Synthetic Biology from the University of Edinburgh. She works on bio-signal processing circuits and synbio-enabled sensors. 

Dr Jennifer Crowther (PDRA)

Jennifer received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Canterbury. She develops SynBio tools for biomaterials manufacturing and biocomputing.

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 protein engineering and circuit design.

Ella Thornton (PhD student)

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

Yangwei Huan (PhD student)

Huan received his MRes in Infection and Immunity from the University of Edinburgh. He engineers bacteriaphages to precisely treat gut pathogens.

Maggie Hicks (PhD student)

Maggie received her MRes in Synthetic and Systems Biology from Imperial College London. She develops new synthetic biology-enabled biosensors.

Jidapha Fa-Arun (PhD student)

Jidapha received her MSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Sheffield. She engineers synthetic bacteriaphages as alternative antimicrobials.

Grant Gale (PhD student)

Grant received his MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Brighton. He develops synthetic biology enabling toolboxes for cyanobacteria. 

Collaborators (academia & industry)

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

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

·  Prof Serge Mostowy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: zebrafish infection models

·  Prof Sebastian Maerkl, EPFL (Switzerland): biomicrofluidics and synbio

·  Prof Chris French, UoE SBS: biosensor, microbial biotechnology 

·  Dr Alistair McCormick, UoE SBS: cyanobacteria synthetic biology tools 

·  Dr Filippo Menolascina, UoE Engineering: cell control engineering 

·  Prof Till Bachmann, UoE Infection Medicine: biosensing and AMR diagnostics 

·  Microsoft Research: biological computation (collaboration)

·  Huawei Technologies: functional coatings, synthetic biology

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

·  Scot Bio: high-value biologics manufacturing (collaboration2 collaboration1

Lab Alumni

Shengyan Chen, visting PhD student from Shihezi University China, Jul-Nov 2019

Antonia Lopreside, Erasmus visting PhD student from University of Bologna, Jun-Dec 2018

Dr Russell Brown, PDRA, Apr 2016 - Aug 2019 

Prabu Siva, Sep 2015 - Aug 2019 

Yiyu Xiang, Oct 2017 - Mar 2019

Dr Louise Holyoake, PDRA, Oct 2016 - Apr 2018 

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

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

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

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

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