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Engineering Biology in Cambridge

 
Read more at: Registration for SynBio UK 2024 now open!
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Registration for SynBio UK 2024 now open!

11 June 2024

The University of Cambridge and the Biochemical Society are pleased to be co-hosting this year’s Synthetic Biology UK conference. This year's conference will unite the synthetic and engineering biology communities with sessions including Synthetic Cells, Protein Design & Engineering, Future Food, Therapeutics, AI & Machine Learning, Control Systems, and Responsible Innovation.


Read more at: Open Technologies Highlight: SeedGerm
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Open Technologies Highlight: SeedGerm

10 June 2024

Thinking about how to speed up and reduce errors in seed phenotyping, Prof Ji Zhou and his colleagues at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) have develeoped SeedGerm. This is an imaging tool that combines cost-effective hardware and open source software to improve the efficiency of seed germination analysis. This process is important in a wide range of crop science research.


Read more at: Calling all Postdocs and PhDs! Join the Engineering Biology ECR Committee
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Calling all Postdocs and PhDs! Join the Engineering Biology ECR Committee

8 May 2024

The EngBio IRC is searching for enthusiastic Postdoc, PhD student and support staff volunteers to join the Early Career Researcher Committee, and help shape the future of engineering biology research in Cambridge.


Read more at: Open Technologies Highlight: Autohaem
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Open Technologies Highlight: Autohaem

8 May 2024

Autohaem was developed by Dr Samuel McDermott as a low-cost open-source solution for preparing blood smear samples. The project aims to improve automation of sample preparation in low-resource environments using the OpenFlexure microscope.


Read more at: House of Lords Exploring Potential of Engineering Biology
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House of Lords Exploring Potential of Engineering Biology

11 April 2024

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee is launching an inquiry to explore the scope, applications, current landscape and ethical implications of engineering biology. The committee is inviting written contributions until Tuesday 7 May 2024.


Read more at: Open Technologies Highlight: OpenPlant Kit
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Open Technologies Highlight: OpenPlant Kit

10 April 2024

Dr Eftychios Frangedakis and his colleagues in the Dept. Plant Sciences have developed the OpenPlant Kit, a series of resources and techniques that simplifies genetic engineering in plants. These tools can be used for applications such as crop development and bioproduction in plants.


Read more at: Building a Secure and Resilient World
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Building a Secure and Resilient World

12 March 2024

Congratulations to Dr Lalitha Sundaram (CSER), who has been appointed to the UK’s Biological Security Leadership Council and has received a UKRI Policy Fellowship to explore the changing landscape of life sciences.


Read more at: Save the Date! EngBio Forum: High Throughput Research
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Save the Date! EngBio Forum: High Throughput Research

12 March 2024

This term Dr. Nicola Patron (Dept. Plant Sciences & Earlham Biofoundry) and Dr. Pau Creixell (CRUK Cambridge Institute) will discuss high throughput tools and techniques and how they can benefit biological research. Click 'Read More' to add to your calendar.


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Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships Announced

12 March 2024

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the next round of Research Fellowships for Early Career Researchers. Fellowships include a contribution of up to £625,000 over 5 years.


Read more at: Calling All Cell Culture Researchers!
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Calling All Cell Culture Researchers!

12 March 2024

Cambridge-based start-up CCA Bio are looking for collaborators to apply for an Innovate UK Smart Grant. The project will involve testing an automated cell culture platform.