Automation in synthetic biology and bioprocess engineering


Automation in synthetic biology and bioprocess engineering

Wed, 24/11/2021 - 13:30 to 14:30
Dr Leonardo Rios Solis
University of Edinburgh

This talk is co-hosted by IB3-IMPEE and should have a broad appeal to biomedical engineering, biomaterials, biofuels and robotics community.

Automation has been key to enable several break thoughts in synthetic biology and to speed up bioprocess development. In this talk, Dr Rios will cover how his group has leveraged state of the art facilities such as the Edinburgh genome foundry with new developments in open source automation to speed up the design of new biosystems

As this is a hybrid event, both live and online, please register in advance if you wish to be in the audience for the live event. The capacity is for 32 people and you will be required to get a free ticket here:

The online event will be held here:


Leonardo Rios earned his Chemical Engineering MEng and Biotechnology MSc degree at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Mexican Institute of Petroleum.

This led him to pursue his PhD in the Biochemical Engineering Department at UCL under supervision of Professor Gary J. Lye where he worked in microscale automated tools to design, model and optimise de novo pathways, specifically working with transaminases, transketolases and mono amino oxidases.

Leonardo then won a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the University of California Berkeley to perform research study at the Keasling Lab in the Joint BioEnergy Institute in the microbial synthetic biology field.

Leonardo was awarded a lectureship in 2017 at the Engineering School of the University of Edinburgh where he leads his research group at the Institute for Bioengineering.