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ESOF 2016

The SYNBIOCHEM Centre was involved in a number of activities throughout the EuroScience Open Forum which was held in Manchester in July. We joined forces with SYNENERGENE for a
science and reflection session on “Synthetic Biology and the new Bio-Industrial revolution”, ESOF Roswelcomed speakers from GSK, Synthace, BioBricks Foundation, SynBiCiTE and ThermoFisher in a panel discussion on “Synthetic Biology – the pathway to commercialisation” and hosted an Early Career Researcher event  in the MIB with participants from the Edinburgh, Nottingham and Bristol SynBio Research Centres and a short talk from Bento Bioworks on the pros and cons of creating a start up company. Perdita Barran also hosted a session “Mass Spectrometry for the masses” which included video clips provided from MS laboratories all around the world (

Additional ESOF activities included: MIB Open Lab events; a SYNBIOCHEM collaboration with the writer, performance poet, producer, and play-wright, Matt Panesh AKA “Monkey Poet” and Rainer Breitling, and outreach and engagement activities across the city.


Ion Mobility MS workshop China

Cunyu Yan Cunyu mass specswas invited to attend the ion mobility mass spectrometry workshop in Shanghai/Beijing, China from 26th to 29th of April. His talk “When ion mobility mass spectrometry meets synthetic biology” simply outlined two major new cutting-edge technologies that have arisen in the past ten years; highlighted the mass spectrometry application challenges of dealing with synthetic biology samples and raised potential solutions for this specific research area. He also visited the Interdisciplinary Research Centre of Biology and Chemistry (IRCBC), Chinese Academy of Sciences and headquarters of Agilent (China). Image: The Interdisciplinary Research Centre of Biology and Chemistry (IRCBC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghi, Pudong Campus).

Manchester iGEM 2016

ElcoholiiGEM, or the international Genetically Engineered Machine, is a student synthetic biology competition which aims to bring together young scientists from around the world, addressing global challenges through the engineering of biological parts.

This year’s interdisciplinary team comprises biologists, physicists and social scientists from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The group will be undertaking a project aimed to help address problems associated with binge drinking and alcoholism, through the creation of a biological ethanol sensor. The experimental work for this will begin in June at the MIB with the final product being presented at the annual Giant Jamboree in Boston, USA, in October of this year.

Read more about our project!

Artist in the Lab!

The author and illustrator of children’s books, Lynne Chapman, visited the MIB and SYNBIOCHEM earlier this year as part of her residency with the University of Manchester’s Morgan Centre into everyday lives. Her work provides an interesting perspective of life in a lab!

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