Dr Baojun Wang (Principal Investigator)

​Dr Baojun Wang leads the Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab at the University of Edinburgh and is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow working at the interface between biology and engineering. He is Reader in Synthetic Biology in the School of Biological Sciences and the cross disciplinary 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 joined the faculty of University of Edinburgh in 2013. His research interests include building novel customized genetic circuits for 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 Russell Brown (PDRA)

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

Dr Filipe Pinto (PDRA)

​Filipe received his PhD in Biology from the University of Porto in 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 synbio-enabled biosensors 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. 

Prabu Siva (PhD student)

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

Shengyan Chen (visiting PhD student)

Shengyan is a visiting PhD student from Shihezi University, China. He develops methods to achieve rational tuning of bacterial signaling systems. 

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 & Pathway Medicine: biosensing and AMR diagnostics 

·  Microsoft Research: biological computation (collaboration)

·  Huawei Technologies: functional coatings, wearable biosensors

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

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

Lab Alumni

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

Yiyu Xiang, Oct 2017 - Mar 2019

Dr Louise Holyoake, PDRA, Oct 2016 - Apr 2018 

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

Dr E Bernard, PDRA, Jul 2014 - Oct 2016 

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