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Engineering Biology in Cambridge



Café Synthetique is the monthly meetup for the Cambridge synthetic and engineering biology community with informal talks, discussion and pub snacks. Kindly sponsored by Cambridge Consultants.

We meet monthly at the Panton Arms to share the latest developments in engineering biology and related approaches and techniques. Speakers range from students and group leaders to industry professionals and entrepreneurs. We are always open to speaker suggestions so if you would like to nominate yourself or another person, please get in touch via The informal format of 1-2 short talks followed by discussion and an opportunity to network, all accompanied by tasty pub snacks and buy-your-own drinks.

Topics cover many areas at the intersection on biology and engineering (see some examples below), often pairing speakers from the University with local start-ups and biotech companies to provide a broad view from emerging research and technologies to real-world and commercial applications.













We are back on Monday 8 January, 6pm, Panton Arms with Kavi Shah and the iGEM Team.

Sign up here on MEETUP.


It would be great to see the community coming together again with free aromi food available! Drinks available to purchase at the bar. We look forward to seeing you at the Panton Arms, Cambridge.  Places are limited to 30. Please rsvp sign up here. Any problems signing up email


Kindly Sponsored by Cambridge Consultants





Future Dates:

  • Monday 8 January 2024 with Kavi Shah, iGem Team
  • Monday 5 February with Salavat Magazov, CCA BIO
  • Monday 4 March with Betty Chung
  • Monday 8 April with Graham Christie


Past Meetings

  • Monday 4 December with Hadrien Peyret, John Innes Centre, Norwich and Jarrod Shilts, Expression Edits.
  • Monday 6 November with Daniela Lobo, Senior Scientist, Cambridge Display Technology Ltd.
  • Monday 2 October- Dr Diana Fusco, Assitant Professor, Dept of Physics 'Crispr-trapping bacteriophages to shine the light on phage-bacteria interactions at single-cell resolution'
  • Monday 4 September with Dr Alex Borodavka, Biochemistry'Viruses: Elegance in Their Simplicity, or Simply Bad News Wrapped in Protein?'
  • Monday 5 June, 6pm-8pm.  Dr Kirsty MacLellan-Gibson from Brabaham Instiutute
  • 3rd April - Lorenzo Di Michele, Asst. Professor in Biotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. "Building synthetic cells with DNA (just not how you would expect)"

Full Archive of past meetings available here