People

   

Dr Baojun Wang FRSC (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, chemistry and engineering. He leads the Synthetic Biological Circuit Engineering Lab in the School of Biological Sciences and the cross-disciplinary Edinburgh Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology. He received a PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London (2011), established his research group at the University of Edinburgh since 2013, and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2020). His research interests include developing new enabling tools for synthetic biology, and engineering novel customized genetic circuits for the sensing and information processing of multiple cellular and environmental signals with applications in diverse areas, for example, biosensing, biocomputing, biomanufacturing and biotherapies. Dr Wang has received several prestigious awards including the UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship, BBSRC New Investigator Award, Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Award, and Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science. His research has also been funded by leading industry partners including Microsoft Research and Huawei Technologies, as well as DSTL and ONRG.

Dr Filipe Pinto (PDRA)

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

Dr Xinyi Wan (PDRA)

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

Dr Behide Saltepe (PDRA)

Behide received her PhD in Synthetic Biology from Bilkent University, Turkey. She works on synthetic biology-enabled biosensors for health monitoring. 

Dr Rizki Mardian (PDRA)

Rizki received his PhD in MicroNano Systems Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan. He works on biodesign automation & computational synbio. 

Dr Yang Liu (PDRA)

Yang received his PhD in Synthetic Biology from the University of Edinburgh. He engineers CRISPR-enabled programs for gene expression regulation.

Dr Jin Wong (PDRA)

Jin received his PhD in Microbiology from Massey University, New Zealand. He engineers new scalable biological circuits and biocomputers.

Maggie Hicks (PhD student)

Maggie received her MRes in Synthetic and Systems Biology from Imperial College London. She develops synbio-enabled wearable biosensors.

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.

Jidapha Fa-Arun (PhD student)

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

Yuanli Gao (PhD student)

Yuanli received 1st class BSc in Biology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He engineers new scalable biocircuits and biocomputers.

Ella Thornton (PhD student)

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

Felipe Buson (MSc student)

Felipe ​completed his MSc in Synthetic Biology thesis project with us. He developed and maintains a curated online database of validated parts and tools for biocircuit design – BioParts Database.

Collaborators (academia & industry)

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

·  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 

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

·  Microsoft Research: biological computation (collaboration)

·  Huawei Technologies: biotechnology and biocomputation 

·  Office of Naval Research Global: wearable biosensing 

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

 · ScotBio: high-value biologics manufacturing (collaboration2collaboration1

Lab alumni

Felipe Buson (MSc in SynBio & Biotech), Apr-Aug 2020 

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

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

Trevor Ho, PhD student, 2016-2021

Grant Gale, PhD student, 2016-2021

Yang Liu, PhD student, 2016-2020

Xinyi Wan, PhD student, 2014-2018

Prab Siva, PhD student, 2015-2019

Yiyu Xiang, PhD student, 2017-2019

Dr Filipe Pinto, PDRA, Jun 2016 - Aug 2021 

Dr Russell Brown, PDRA, Apr 2016 - Aug 2019 

Dr Jennifer Crowther, PDRA, Feb-Dec 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 researcher), Lecturer at National University of Defense Technology, 2013-2014