- 16 January 2023 » We welcome Dev Vaidya to our lab to begin an honours project investigating cell-free enzyme encapsulation, as well as Aarushi Ruhela, a PhD student co-supervised with Jamie Marland in the School of Engineering, who will study electronic interfaces to cell-free reactions.
- 3 October 2022 » At the start of a new academic year, we say goodbye to Paula after a very successful summer project. We welcome Christoph Wagner, a new PhD student co-supervised with Andrea Weisse's group, who will be working on regenerating cell-free systems. And we congratulate Sahan on publishing his paper on phage engineering in cell-free. Lots of good news all around!
- 7 July 2022 » Congratulations to Sarah who has published a paper, in collaboration with Ella Thornton, Zoe Gidden, Mathew Horrocks, and Lynne Regan, on a new surface immobilisation technique for cell-free synthesised proteins. Read it here!
- 4 July 2022 » Our second FLF postdoc, Sahan Liyanagedera, has just started; he'll be working on high-throughput screens of purified cell-free reactions in collaboration with the Edinburgh Genome Foundry. Read more about him here.
- 28 June 2022 » Nadanai gave an interview for BioPOD, the School of Biological Sciences podcast, where he discusses his background, how he became interested in synthetic biology, and his current research in cell-free systems. You can listen to the episode here.
- 20 June 2022 » We welcome Paula Paredes Vergara, an undergraduate student from Glasgow University, who starts a summer internship in our group to work on assembly methods to construct DNA templates for CFPS reactions.
- 19 May 2022 » Nadanai gives a talk together with Jane Alexander at the Galvanised seminar series, organised by the Edinburgh Futures Institute. We discuss our Biopolis collaboration and our shared interests in the creative process in science and art. We had a great dicsussion with a very engaged audience. Thank you for the opportunity!
- 21 April 2022 » Our first FLF postdoc, Tony Bougas, starts. He will be working on metabolomics of cell-free reactions. You can find out more about him here.
- 13 May 2022 » We say goodbye to Yan Ting, Tim, Katie, and Dominik, who have successfully completed their rotations. We wish them all the best for their future careers.
- 6 March 2022 » Nadanai gives a talk at the 4th International Yeditepe University Genetics and Bioengineering Student Congress - sadly online, otherwise it would have been a great trip to Istanbul. Many thanks for the invitation!
- 4 March 2022 » Our new Opentrons arrives. Cue some very excited PhD students.
- 14 February 2022 » We welcome Katie Bexley to a rotation project in our lab. Katie is a student on the Wellcome Integrative Cell Mechanisms PhD programme, and she will be learning about microfluidics as well as working with our new microarraying robot, nicknamed `Gus'.
- 24 January 2022 » We have two undergraduate Honours students joining us this term, Yan Ting Hee and Tim Bosse, to work on cell-free protein expression. We are very excited to welcome them into the lab for the first undergraduate wet-lab projects in two years!
- 21 January 2022 » A very warm welcome to Sarah Paterson, who has just finished her first week with us. She is a new PhD student working on a Leverhulme-funded project to carry out protein engineering using cell-free systems and microfluidics. Read more about her here.
- 14 September 2021 » We are advertising two postdoc positions as part of our new UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship programme. One is in machine learning and high-throughput screening, and the other is in synthetic metabolism, both applied to cell-free reactions. Full details and links to apply here. Please circulate widely!
- 8 September 2021 » We are thrilled to announce that Nadanai has been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. This £1.5M, 4-year grant will help us kick-start our research into regenerative cell-free systems, and we are very excited to advertise two new postdoctoral positions to work on this project. Read more about the opportunities here. The news has been featured on the university as well as school webpages.
- 30 August 2021 » We say congratulations and goodbye to Meijie who will be returning to China after successfully completing her MSc project.
- 21 July 2021 » Our microfluidics setup is ready to go, and we are now advertising a Leverhulme Trust funded PhD project to bring it to fruition. Please see the project description for more details.
- 21 June 2021 » Summer is here, and with it a change of personnel and activities. We say goodbye to Sasirasa and Bastien, and welcome Dominik, who has been awarded an EPSRC undergraduate vacation internship to work with us for the next couple of months.
- 10 May 2021 » We welcome Meijie who is joining us as a new MSc student this summer. Read all about her here.
- 15 Mar 2021 » A new studentship has just been advertised as part of the IBioIC CTP programme, between ours and Chris French's lab, and in collaboration with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute. The aim is to develop cell-free biosensors to monitor whisky quality. Funding is available for UK or EU students resident in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studentship. More info and apply here by the deadline of 9th April 2021.
- 11 Mar 2021 » Nadanai is back at SynthSys to present at the Open Centre Meeting, on self-regeneration in cell-free systems.
- 8 Feb 2021 » We are very excited to be supporting the new International Directed Evolution Competition (IDEC), which aims to harness irrational design to complement existing rational design efforts for engineering biology. Find out more information, and how you can take part, at their website.
- 11 Jan 2021 » Happy new year everyone! Delighted to welcome two new starts to the lab: Surendra Yadav, a new PhD student who is joining us from India, and Bastien Mollet, a visiting Masters student from France. Have a look at their biographies on the People section.
- 11 Dec 2020 » Our self-regeneration paper is finally published, in time for the holidays. Great collaboration with Barbora Lavickova and Sebastian Maerkl at LBNC:
- 28 Oct 2020 » Thank you for the opportunity to present a keynote at CINBI 2020!
- 6 Oct 2020 » A very warm welcome to our first PhD student Alex Perkins. Read more about him in the People section.
- 1 Oct 2020 » Construction is underway for our first microscope and microfluidics setup.
- 24 Aug 2020 » Congratulations to Ying, Yehezkiel, and Yutong for completing their MSc dissertations.
- 3 Aug 2020 » We are recruiting! We have a 4-year fully-funded EASTBIO PhD position available for a project entitled 'Scalable cell-free manufacturing of diverse therapeutic proteins'. The project aims to develop strategies to produce important therapeutic proteins at the industrial scale, and will be in close collaboration with Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. This position is open to UK as well as EU students already resident in the UK for 3 years. More information can be found here. You can apply directly on the graduate school website here. The deadline is 24th August.
- 24 Jul 2020 » A second publication for this summer is out: this time, Nadanai's short perspectives piece on rational biodesign with cell-free systems.
- 4 Jul 2020 » We just published a new preprint on self-regenerating cell-free systems, in collaboration with LBNC.
- 25 May 2020 » Many congratulations to Maria and Baird for completing their Honours projects!
- 18 May 2020 » We welcome Ying, Yehezkiel, and Yutong, who are joining for their MSci projects, which at this time are all remotely-supervised computational studies. Read their profiles in the People section.
- 24 Apr 2020 » Nadanai will be giving a talk at the 22nd EMBL PhD Symposium in November, post-lockdown hopefully.
- 24 Mar 2020 » Although our wet lab is closed, we are making good progress with remote work. Our comprehensive review on cell-free, with collaborators from LBNC, has just been published today. We wish everyone all the best during these challenging times!
- 20 Jan 2020 » A very warm welcome to Maria and Baird, two undergraduates joining the lab for their senior honours projects!
- 05 Jan 2020 » Thank you to everyone who applied for the PhD projects. We will be in touch shortly.
- 23 Dec 2019 » Preprint online for our new review of cell-free synbio, just in time for the holidays! Have a great break everyone, and looking forward to the new year.
- 11 Dec 2019 » It's the end-of-year conference season! Nadanai presented his work at SBUK 2019 in Warwick, and the Cell Free Systems Conference in Boston.
- 01 Nov 2019 » 3 new PhD projects are now online. Check them out here.
- 31 Oct 2019 » We've moved into our new lab space in the Roger Land Building!
- 26 Sep 2019 » Our new lab website is up and running.
- 12 Sep 2019 » Nadanai gives a talk at the SynthSys open centre meeting.
- 10 Sep 2019 » Nadanai presents at the SynBioControl workshop in Oxford.
- 19 Aug 2019 » Our lab has officially started!
A new competition harnessing one of the most powerful approaches in #synbio today: very excited to see what we can produce with brilliant students + #directedevolution https://t.co/xly5majIzD— Nadanai L (@nadanai263) February 8, 2021
Very proud of our work published today, demonstrating regeneration of components in a purified #cellfree system, in collaboration with Barbora Lavickova and @SebastianMaerkl at @MaerklLab. https://t.co/nbyfe639zJ— Nadanai L (@nadanai263) December 11, 2020
It was a pleasure to present at @2020Cinbi. Thanks to the organisers for the invitation, and for hosting a great conference! #CINBI2020 #synbio— Nadanai L (@nadanai263) October 28, 2020
A very warm welcome to @APerks42 who is starting his PhD project in our lab, generously supported by @EastbioDTP and @FujifilmDiosyn. Looking forward to our work together!— Nadanai L (@nadanai263) October 6, 2020
Our new microscope is taking shape. Next up: some microfluidics! pic.twitter.com/FYWwkWQpxs— Nadanai L (@nadanai263) October 1, 2020
We are happy to introduce you one of the speakers of the 22nd EMBL PhD Symposium:— 22nd EMBL PhD Symposium (@EMBLPhDSymp) April 21, 2020
Dr. Nadanai Laohakunakorn, an expert in synthetic biology from the University of Edinburgh!@nadanai263 pic.twitter.com/QuSgT2pCn0
Excited to see my old friend @nadanai263 arrive @EdinburghUni, here introducing himself at @SynthSysEd open centre meeting #synbio #cellfree #nanopores pic.twitter.com/9DlgzMJljH— Linus Schumacher (@LinusSchumacher) September 12, 2019
What an amazing second day for #synbiocontrol2019! So many great talks (@ElbazJohann, @jijzarco, @klavins, @Harrison_Steel, @nadanai263, del Vecchio, Doyle, Batt, Bae, Phillips) and discussions, followed by a great dinner and even an evening out at the St Giles Fair in Oxford! pic.twitter.com/xTHqRPhZFI— Prof Guy-Bart Stan (@gbstan) September 10, 2019