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14 Mar 2016, Dr. Cai, Wei, Valentin, and Paulina travelled to Montreal Canada for the Gates Foundation grant coordination meeting.
24 Feb 2016, Dr. Cai was invited to Manchester for KTN Automation meeting.
17 Feb 2016, Our collaborators from Autodesk visited our lab and the Foundry from San Francisco.
15 Nov 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to Raymond and Beverly Sackler USA-UK Scientific Forum “Trends in Synthetic Biology and Gain of Function and Regulatory Implications” in Chicheley, UK
4 Nov 2015, Emily attended the SynBioBeta conference in San Francisco, USA
30 Oct 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to the Human Genome Project 2.0 meeting at New York, USA
22 Oct 2015, Dr. Cai and Chantal attended the 10th International Conference on Genomics at Shenzhen, China
14 Oct 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to give a seminar at Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology centre (WISB)
12 Oct 2015, Dr. Cai and Paulina visited GeneArt in Regenbursg, Germany.
5 Oct 2015, Our collaborators from Autodesk visited our lab and the Foundry from San Francisco.
21 Sep 2015, Dr. Cai was awarded a Frontier Innovator 0f 2015 by Wellcome Trust, and was invited to Wellcome Trust Collection in London.
14 Sep 2015, Katarina Jonsson joined the lab as a PhD student, welcome!
7 Sep 2015, Emily Scher joined the lab as a PhD student, welcome!
3 Sep 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to present in the BBSRC UK-USA Foundry meeting in London
1 Sep 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to present in the 1st UK Synbio conference in London.
25 Aug 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to EPSRC “Bridging the Eight Greats ” workshop in London
12 Aug 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to give a company seminar at Autodesk Inc, San Francisco, USA
10 Aug 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to give a company seminar at Labcyte Inc, Sunnyvale, USA
6 Aug 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to give a departmental seminar (Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
27 Jul 2015, Paulina successfully passed her 10 month PhD exam. Congrats!
18 Jul 2015, -18 Jul 2015, Chantal and Dr. Cai were invited to present at The 4th International Synthetic Yeast Consortium Meeting. New York Genome Centre, New York, USA
13 Jul 2015, -14 Jul 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to give a presentation at High Value Chemicals from Plants workshop. John Inners Centre, Norwich, UK
6 Jul 2015, Our group was visited by Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group from Autodesk Inc.
4 Jun 2015, Our paper on “Smart DNA Fabrication Using Sound Waves: Applying Acoustic Dispensing Technologies to Synthetic Biology” published at JALA. Congrats to Paulina, Chantal and Sarah!
1 Jun 2015, Dr. Valentin Zulkower joined the Foundry as a software developer. Welcome Valentin!
1 Jun 2015, Lois OGUNLANA joined the lab as a undergraduate research assistant. Welcome Lois!
22 May 2015, Dr. Cai was invited to Young Synthetic Biologist meeting in Tsinghua University at Beijing China.
21 May 2015, our paper on Computer Assisted Manufacture for Synthetic Biology (YeastFabCAM) has been accepted at IWBDA2015, and we are selected for an oral presentation at this year's meeting in Seattle.
15 May 2015, - 16th, April 2015, Dr. Cai was invited by BBSRC to attend the Synthetic Biology for Growth workshop in Birmingham.
12 May 2015, our YeastFab paper has been published at Nucleic Acids Research (read Synthsys PR )
13 Mar 2015, Our own Emily Scher has been awarded a prestigious 4 year Darwin Trust studentship to start her PhD in our lab this fall. Congrats Emily!
13 Mar 2015, Our paper "Yeast Golden Gate (yGG) for efficient assembly of S. cerevisiae transcription units" is published at ACS Synthetic Biology.
13 Mar 2015, Dr. Cai is invited to give a seminar at Agilent Headquarter at Santa Clara, California.
10 Mar 2015, - 11 Feb 2015, Dr. Cai is invited to attend DAPRA Biology is Technology conference in San Francisco.
7 Feb 2015, -9 Feb 2015 We attended SLAS 2015 in Washington DC.
29 Jan 2015, Our lab is part of £11.4M Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre. (see BBSRC Press Release)
29 Jan 2015, Dr. Cai is funded with 2 grants of £4M funding to enhance National capacity for DNA synthesis, in collaboration with Cambridge, TGAC and Liverpool (see BBSRC Press Release).
26 Jan 2015, Our paper “Intrinsic biocontainment: Multiplex genome safeguards combine transcriptional and recombinational control of essential yeast genes” is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS, see Edinburgh Press Release).
23 Jan 2015, Dr. Cai is interviewed by Scientific American to discuss “New Life made with Custom Safeguards”.
21 Jan 2015, Our work on Biocontainment in yeast is mentioned in Nature magazine
21 Jan 2015, Dr. Cai is interviewed by CNBC to discuss Gene Weapons.
21 Jan 2015, Dr. Cai is interviewed by CNBC to discuss Gene Weapons.
23 Dec 2014, Dr. Cai is elected as an Innogen Associate of Innogen Institute.
15 Dec 2014, Our lab has been awarded £2.3M by BBSRC to develop Phenotyping Platforms for Synthetic Biology.
15 Dec 2014, Our lab has been awarded £1.99M by BBSRC to work on the FoundryOS project: Building national hardware and software infrastructure for UK DNA Foundries.
27 Nov 2014, -29th, Oct, 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to participate the UK-Canada workshop on Synthetic Biology in Montreal, Canada.
31 Oct 2014, - 4th November, 2014, The Edinburgh iGEM competed in the Giant Jamboree at Boston and won a Gold Medal.
29 Oct 2014, - 31st, Oct, 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to visit the Systems Genetics Institute at New York University, USA.
20 Oct 2014, - 21/Oct/2014. Dr. Cai is invited to chair and present at the Synthetic Biology Congress in London
13 Oct 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to give a seminar in The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) at Norwich.
25 Sep 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to give a seminar in the National Institue of Genetics Japan.
13 Sep 2014, - 13th, Sept, 2014. Dr. Cai is invited to present at The 9th International Conference on Genomics in Shenzhen, China.
10 Sep 2014, - 13th Sep 2014, Wei Liu attended the Oxford Synthetic Biology meeting.
3 Sep 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to participate the BBSRC UK DNA Synthesis Mission workshop in Birmingham, UK.
31 Aug 2014, - 4th, Sept, 2014. Dr. Cai is invited to present at the EMBO Synthetic Biology of Antibiotic Production II Conference in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain.
20 Aug 2014, Wei Liu successfully passed her PhD qualify exam. Congratulations Wei!
10 Aug 2014, - 15th, August, 2014. Dr. Cai is invited to participate the UK DNA synthesis mission delegation to the United States, organized by BBRSC.
7 Aug 2014, - 10th, August, 2014. Our lab enjoys the first annual lab retreat in London with Tom Elli’s lab at Imperial College.
31 Jul 2014, Dr. Cai gives a keynote presentation at XIVth International Union of Microbiological Societies
30 Jul 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to give a seminar at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, University of Montreal.
11 Jul 2014, BGI announces first flagship project with the Edinburgh Genome Foundry to synthesize the largest synthetic eukaryotic chromosome in the UK read more
5 Jul 2014, - 8th, July 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to give a presentation at the Fab10 Barcelona Conference
26 Jun 2014, Alba has been awarded a 6 year staff PhD studentship to start her PhD working on Crispr.
19 Jun 2014, - 21st Jun 2014, Dr. Cai and Chantal were invited to present at the 3rd International Synthetic Yeast consortium meeting in Sicily, Italy.
18 Jun 2014, Vice president of Tianjin University Prof. Yingjin Yuan visit our lab and signed a collaboration MOU with the head of school. details
17 Jun 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to give a departmental seminar in the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM).
11 Jun 2014, Our lab has been awarded a 3 year EraSynbio grant (€3.2M in total) to work on evolving synthetic yeast genomes!
10 Jun 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to give a presentation on Edinburgh Genome Foundry at the SULSA Synthetic Biology Meeting.
9 Jun 2014, Hugo Villanueva is invited to give a presentation at the SULSA iGEM Meeting.
6 Jun 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to visit the Computer Science Department at Newcastle University.
5 Jun 2014, Paulina Kanigowska has been awarded a prestigious EPSRC-Case studentship (the only one in the school of biological sciences!), co-funded by Life Technologies. This studentship provides 3.5 year full PhD studentship along with travel and research funding to Paulina. Congratulations Paulina!
2 Jun 2014, Claire Chung joined the lab as an exchange undergraduate student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Claire is supported with a prestigious DREAM scholarship from her university. Welcome Claire.
2 Jun 2014, Claire Chung joined the lab as an exchange undergraduate student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Claire is supported with a prestigious DREAM scholarship from her university. Welcome Claire.
26 May 2014, Chantal Shen joined the lab as a new PhD student. Welcome!
9 May 2014, Dr. Cai has been elected as an associate member in the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology.
9 May 2014, Dr. Cai has been promoted with early tenure.
25 Apr 2014, Jackie Wang, a visiting scientist from Beijing Genomics Institute, joined the lab. Welcome Jackie!
21 Apr 2014, Our lab is funded with a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund award to start working on Edinburgh Parts Repository project.
15 Apr 2014, Qi Feng, a visiting Msc student from Tianjin University, joined the lab. Welcome Qi!
11 Apr 2014, Dr. Cai was invited to give a talk in the “Outlook for Synthetic Biology” meeting in Manchester University.
10 Apr 2014, Dr. Cai was invited to give a seminar in the school of life sciences in Nottingham University.
7 Apr 2014, Attended 2014 British Yeast Group meeting in Exeter University
3 Apr 2014, Attended SynbioBeta meeting in Imperial College London
2 Apr 2014, Attended UK National Synthetic Biology Innovation and Knowledge Centre Meeting in Imperial College London
2 Apr 2014, Our lab is funded with a £2M grant from BBSRC to build Edinburgh Genome Foundry (read BBSRC press release, Univ. of Edinburgh news ).
1 Apr 2014, Attended UK Flowers Consortium Meeting in Imperial College London
31 Mar 2014, Our lab is highlighted in the front page of University of Edinburgh. Read more
27 Mar 2014, March 2014 Our paper “Total Synthesis of a Functional Designer Eukaryotic Chromosome” published in Science. Read the media coverage at:Science, Nature, Economist, The Guardian, The Telegraph, , USA Today, BBC News, Wallstreet Journal, National Geographic, NPR, Royal Society of Chemistry, NBC News, Discover Manazine, Popular mechanics, Mother Nature Natwork, The Independent, Financial Times, Tews Tonight Africa, The Independent, Science 2.0, Scientific American, Phys.org, Arttechnica, Newswise, Guardian Liberty Voice, NewsScientst, Xinhua, Smithsonian, HeraldScotland, The Almagest, The Verge, Voice of America
27 Mar 2014, Dr. Cai was interviewed by Science magazine on our latest publication on synthetic chromosome III.
27 Mar 2014, Dr. Cai was interviewed by the Guardian to discuss our science paper on synthetic chromosome III.
27 Mar 2014, Dr. Cai did a live interview with BBC News to discuss our science paper on synthetic chromosome III.
21 Mar 2014, Drs Cai and Ellis co-edited a special issue of SB6.0 for ACS Synthetic Biology, read more here
2 Mar 2014, Wei Liu receives prestigious PhD scholarship from Autodesk Inc. (read more at here)
20 Feb 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to visit KAIST in South Korea for a UK-Korea workshop on synthetic biology.
17 Feb 2014, Issac Luo joined the Cai Lab staff as a Computer Programmer! Welcome!
11 Feb 2014, Dr. Cai is invited to be on the organising committee of IWBDA2014: International Workshop on Biodesign Automation. The meeting will take place in Boston, MA from Jun 11-12, 2014.
13 Jan 2014, Dr. Cai is too busy to reply to potential PhD students' emails. Contact him soon!
8 Dec 2013, Dr. Cai is invited to give a department seminar at National University of Singapore on 13th, Jan, 2014.
1 Nov 2013, Dr. Cai is invited to give a keynote presentation at International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) 2014 in Montreal, Canada.
1 Nov 2013, Dr. Cai is invited to give a seminar on Synthetic genomics at Life Tech European Head Quarter.
15 Oct 2013, Dr Tom Ellis is considering PhD applicants. See his new website!
8 Oct 2013, Hugo Villanueva joined the lab to conduct his honors project, welcome Hugo!
27 Sep 2013, Dr. Cai was invited to give a seminar at Tianjin University, China
24 Sep 2013, Dr. Cai was invited to give a seminar at Tsinghua University, China
20 Sep 2013, Emily Scher joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant, welcome!
14 Sep 2013, Helen Cope is struggling with her research!
13 Sep 2013, Dr. Cai was invited to give a seminar at Beijing Genomics Institute, China
9 Sep 2013, Dr. Cai was appointed to be the international coordinator for the international Sc2.0 consortium
8 Sep 2013, Wei Liu joined the lab to start her PhD study, welcome!
12 Jul 2013, Dr. Cai co-organized the 2nd international consortium meeting on Synthetic yeast genome project (Sc2.0), Imperial College, London
9 Jul 2013, Dr. Cai co-orgniazed the 6th International Conference on Synthetic Biology (SB6.0), Imperial College, London
4 Jul 2013, Roy Walker joined the lab to start his PhD study, welcome!
2 Jul 2013, Paulina Kanigowska joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant, welcome!
1 Jul 2013, the synthetic genomics group at Edinburgh officially started.



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