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 Principal Investigator in the School of Biological Sciencs and the cross disciplinary SynthSys (Synthetic and Systems Biology) Centre. Dr Wang is the Programme Director for 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.

Dr Louise Holyoake (PDRA)

Louise received her PhD in Microbiology from University of Kent. She develops synthetic biology-enabled biosensors for POC diagnostics of pathogens.

Dr Robert Bradley (PDRA) 

​Rob received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. He works on electrogenic cell-based biosensors and biocomputing programs.

Ella Thornton (Research assistant)

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. 

Prabu Siva (PhD student)

Prabu received his MEng in Bioengineering from Imperial College London. He engineers novel gene control circuits and their biotechnology applications. 

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 microfluidics-related synthetic biology.

Grant Gale (PhD student)

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

Zeyu Lu (MSc student)

Zeyu is studying towards his MSc in Biotechnology at Edinburgh. He works on novel methods to produce synthetic genetic logic gates and circuits.



·   Prof Martin Buck FRS, Imperial College London, Life Sciences: gene regulation, molecular microbiology and systems biology

·   Prof Mauricio Barahona, Imperial College London, Mathematics: mathematical biology, multiscale dynamics of bio-systems

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

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

·   Dr Alistair McCormick, University of Edinburgh, SBS and SynthSys: photosynthesis, cyanobacteria

·   Dr Jon Marles-Wright, University of Newcastle, Biological Sciences: protein engineering, biochemistry

·   Dr Andreas Lengeling, UoE, Roslin Institute: host pathogen interactions, murine infection models

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

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

·   Scottish Bioenergy: industrial partner specialised in microbial bioreactors design for high value biochemical production

·   Microsoft Research Lab Cambridge: biological computation 



Dr Kevin Liu (Visiting Scholar),  Lecturer in Bioinformatics & Synthetic Biology at National University of Defense Technology, Aug 2013 - Jan 2014. 

Alfonso Ortega (MSc student 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