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This programme will provide the opportunity to gain experience in one of the newest and leading edge areas in Biology, that of the systematic and rationale application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological networks. Models that will be considered include unicellular models such as baker?s yeast and bacteria, to multi-cellular systems including mammals. Students will gain exposure to fundamental design principles and biotechnology tools being developed in Systems and Synthetic Biology, such as genome-wide, high-throughput genetic or cell-based screens, DNA synthesis and the use of ?Bio-Bricks? to create novel biological outputs (e.g. as pioneered by the M.I.T. ?iGEM? competitions, in which the University of Edinburgh participates annually). Students will learn quantitative methods of modelling and data analysis to inform and design new hypotheses based on experimental data. Hands-on practical lab experience will also be provided through a second semester Laboratory Module, and a summer Research Dissertation Project. Lectures and tutorials, involving active participation of faculty from across several of the University?s Schools and Colleges, will provide an introduction to methodologies and latest advances from diverse disciplines including Informatics, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Medicine, Institute of Cell Biology, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Institute for Stem Cell Research, and the new Centre for Systems Biology Edinburgh. Discussion groups and practical problems, including ?break-out? thinktanks, will encourage students to develop principles of experimental design, critical thinking and problem solving. Practical lab experience, through access to laboratories and the ?Synthesis Lab? will provide a unique opportunity to apply these principles to real-world biological problems. ENQUIRIES: MScSSB@ed.ac.uk APPLICATION FORM: http:www.ed.ac.ukstudyingpostgraduatefinderdetails.php?id=649 **Applications are still being accepted as of August 2011**

This programme will provide the opportunity to gain experience in one of the newest and leading edge areas in Biology, that of the systematic and rationale application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological networks. Models that will be considered include unicellular models such as baker?s yeast and bacteria, to multi-cellular systems including mammals. Students...

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