Biomolecular control group

Systems & Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh

Our two locations: the Informatics Forum and the CH Waddington Building in Edinburgh.

what we do

Our team develops computational methods to study molecular processes in living cells. We use mathematics to understand natural networks and to design novel systems for biotechnology and biomedicine. We employ a wide range of methods, such as machine learning, control theory, stochastic analysis and network theory. Large parts of our work are in collaboration with Systems and Synthetic Biology labs in the UK and abroad.

You can read more about our work in this piece.

who we are

The group lead is Diego Oyarzún and includes research students and postdocs. Together we gather expertise in many disciplines like machine learning, mathematics, biochemistry and bioinformatics.

where we work

We are very lucky to be located at the School of Informatics and the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Edinburgh, in one of the most vibrant and stimulating European capitals. We are members of SynthSys, the Edinburgh Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology.

recent papers


Jun 22, 2022 Lilli has been nominated for the Scottish Young Software Engineer of the Year Award, for her work on machine learning for prediction of essential genes. Amazing achievement, congrats!
Jun 19, 2022 Seb, Dom and Hans’ work on generative models for COVID vaccine design will be published at the Healthcare AI and COVID-19 workshop at ICML 2022.
Jun 9, 2022 Lilli’s paper on machine learning for prediction of essential genes will be published in the FOSBE 2022 conference in Boston.
Jun 6, 2022 We have launched The Science For Sustainability Hub, a unique initiative for research aimed at the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Jun 1, 2022 Evangelos won a poster prize at the MOMI2022 conference in Nice, France. Congrats!