News Archive

3 Sep 2015

Our Induction Day for students who start their PhD in 2015 and hosted by the University of Dundee (28 September 2015) will be followed this year by a Foundation Masterclass on Statistics and Experimental Design (29 September), delivered by Dr Margo Chase-Topping (Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh).

Find more details here.

20 Jul 2015

Edinburgh Genomics runs an Introduction to Variant Analysis of NGS Data in Edinburgh on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October 2015. The workshop is aimed at researchers, postdocs and PhD students who want to learn how to do variant analysis of next generation sequencing data.

The aim of the 2-day workshop is to familiarise researchers with and to initiate them in the variant analysis of NGS data by providing lectures and practicals on analysis methodologies. In the practicals Illumina-generated sequencing data and various widely used software programs (e.g. FastQC, FastqMcf, Bowtie2, TopHat2, Picard, RSeQC, samtools, IGV, GATK, DeNovoGear, MuTect, RVtests, VEP, SnpEff, ANNOVAR) will be used. The workshop will be focused on human and in the practicals data sets from human will be used.

The workshop will be given by Marta Bleda and Ignacio Medina of the University of Cambridge.

For this workshop we will do participant selection. The application deadline is Thursday 24 September 2015 noon.

16 Jul 2015

We will be welcoming our new students and supervisors at our Induction Day 2015 which will be hosted by the University of Dundee on Monday the 28th of September 2015 at the West Park Conference Centre.

The Induction Day will be followed by an EASTBIO masterclass on "Statistics and Experimental Design" course on Tuesday the 29th September 2015.

The programme for both days and general information will be posted on our Induction Day page soon. Email EASTBIO for any questions.

9 Jun 2015
Edinburgh Genomics offers two 5-day workshops on Python for Biologists, one at introductory and the other at advanced level. Both courses to be held in August in Edinburgh (King's Buildings) on a first come first served basis. Please note the registration deadlines and read carefully the information on the links provided below.
For further information, please contact Bert Overduin.
5-day Introduction to Python for Biologists
Date: Mon 3 - Fri 7 August 2015
Price: £500
Registration deadline: Mon 20 July 2015
This workshop is first come, first served.
5-day Advanced Python for Biologists
Date: Mon 17 - Fri 21 August 2015
Price: £500
29 Apr 2015

Places are still available for SysMIC, an online course in systems biology.

The course provides introductory and advanced training in maths and computing, based around biological examples. Participants will gain an understanding of programming MATLAB to model and simulate biological systems and the R package to run statistical analysis of results.

Every topic includes code examples, exercises and quizzes, with hands-on support provided by online tutors.

There are three modules available to study, each lasting six months and requiring about five hours work per week.

1 - Basic Skills

2 - Advanced topics and applications

3 - Project work

You can find the full course details here.

We issue a suggested schedule to help participants complete in 6 months, in time for certification, but the deadlines are flexible as SysMIC is a self-directed course.

Module 1 for the spring 2015 cohort started on the 20th of April 2015.  The next cohort will be around October/November 2015.

14 Apr 2015

Audrey Henderson, second-year EASTBIO students is to see the study she's been working on with Dr Ross Whitehead (University of St Andrews) on the BBC this week. Read below for more details on a study wishing to encourage healthy eating habits by making its correlation with skill colour ovious.

31 Mar 2015

SULSA’s Assay Development Fund is actively recruiting innovative molecular targets for which there is a strong rationale for therapeutic potential.

Our aim is to take your basic reagents (recombinant proteins, substrates, cell lines etc.) to develop a high quality screening assay on our robotics infrastructure. Final validation of the assay will consist of screening a well curated collection of ~7000 small molecules, comprising both known bioactives and diverse lead-like structures, to identify potential chemical starting points for drug development and to provide key information to assist in further screening and/or funding. 
We will deliver the developed assay, the associated SOPs and the data back to you, along with the hit compounds.

This results from the screen will help you leverage follow on funding or provide access to the various drug discovery initiatives that are available to the academic community, i.e. MRC DPFS, Bayer G4Targets, Wellcome Trust translational fund, the European Lead Factory, AZ innovation portal etc.

31 Mar 2015

Check the link below for current updates on the thematic research training at EASTBIO:

3 Mar 2015

The EASTBIO PIPS Q&A event was held at the University of Dundee on 20 February 2015. The day featured talks by PIPS administrator, Dr Caroline Pope and representatives from the University of Dundee Careers Office, Lynsay Pickering and Ben Carter, followed by a discussion with EASTBIO students and Dundee-based academics.

Click on the images below for the PIPS session slides:


12 Feb 2015

The EASTBIO Newsletter Winter 2015 is out, with news from our students and updates on PIPs, training and the Annual Symposium.

To browse, click on the image below:

9 Feb 2015

The events below are of potential interest to our students within the Bioenergy and Industrial Biotechnology priority area:

A. Innovation Forum together with Excellence with Impact organised an event on Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Biotech Industry. The event is open to all postgraduates in the School of Biological Sciences and Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.

Date: Monday 16 February 2015, 2pm.
Location: Waddington Building, King’s Buildings, Seminar room 1.08

To register, contact  as spaces are limited.

B. Manchester Life Sciences interdisciplinary conference

The University of Manchester postgraduate society will be hosting its
annual ‘Life Sciences’ PhD conference on 8th May 2015.

14 Jan 2015

EASTBIO is delighted to announce its annual Research Training, which will be structured this academic term around four face-to-face meetings per thematic cohort.

From the first meeting of the Bioenergy & Industrial Biotechnology first year cohort (25 November 2014, Dundee)

The training represents an opportunity for first-year PhD students to meet supervisors and invited speakers, discuss key issues in their field, develop critical reading skills and follow up with specially designed events and activities. Each theme and session is organised by individual leaders who decide on the content and structure in consultation with volunteer students. These meetings are mandatory for first year EASTBIO students.

For further information and updates on the programme for each of the four key themes, click here.

13 Jan 2015

Sesha Venkateswaran, third-year EASTBIO student has found himself on the spotlight, both at the University of Edinburgh and the national broadcaster. This was following publication of research on how to cut infection risk with new coatings for surgical devices.

Many congratulations to Sesha for their publication and impact, with all best for more research outcomes!


18 Nov 2014

The EASTBIO Annual Symposium will be held in Edinburgh on Monday 15 - Tuesday 16 June 2015. The Symposium will take place at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh and will focus on the industrial impact of bioscience research.

Further details on the 2-day, student-led event will be advertised on our website.

EASTBIO Symposium 2014 (Dundee): Group photo of our students and supervisors (cohorts 1&2)

18 Nov 2014

If you are looking for a PhD project in bioscience, EASTBIO is currently inviting applications on the basis of projects across our four partner institutions. Check out all our available projects and follow the application step-by-step guidance here.

7 Oct 2014

During a visit to the University of Edinburgh on Friday 3rd of October, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced £125M of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) funding over five years to support the training and development of PhD students in Bioscience.

The funding will train students in world-class bioscience to boost the economy by building on UK strengths in agriculture, food, industrial biotechnology, bioenergy and health.

A £7.5 million investment from BBSRC into EASTBIO DTP will be matched by £7 million funding committed by the EASTBIO partner Universities.

During the visit, Dr Cable visited the labs at the Roslin Institute and discussed bioscience research with BBSRC-funded students and supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences and the Roslin Institute. Dr Cable also met with the EASTBIO Management Group and discussed training of bioscience students.

16 Sep 2014

A warm welcome to our 2014 cohort of PhD students

The EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership welcomed its new intake of PhD students and their supervisors at the Induction Day , held in Dundee (West Park Conference Centre) on Tuesday 21 October 2014. Tell us what you thought by filling in the short, anonymous questionnaire here.

See the Induction schedule herePresentation slides soon to be uploaded to our website.

For further questions, please email EASTBIO.

2 Sep 2014

 The 2014 EASTBIO Symposium was held in Dundee on the 28th and 29th of August with robust participation by our students and supervisors.

Leave your (anonymous) feedback here.

Congratulations to our two winners for best student presentation:

  • first-year student Sybille Ursula Mittmann for her poster presentation on "The control of meiosis and recombination in barley"
  • second-year student Magali Sivakumaran on "Out with the old, in with the new: Novelty judgements as a translational tool to assess healthy ageing", done in PechaKucha format


Thanks to our Organising Committee and host institution colleagues for their hard work in the last few months and to our EASTBIO supervisors for attending the Symposium and for their engagement with the students' work.

29 Jul 2014

Our redesigned website was launched in early July 2014. It has a new layout and enhanced interactivity enabling communication across the partnership.

EASTBIO students and supervisors have access to restricted pages, as well as some editing rights. For information on how to get access, post comments, etc., please click here (for EASTBIO students and supervisors ONLY).

29 Jul 2014

We are happy to announce that the EASTBIO Induction Day 2014 will be held on Tuesday 21st of October and kindly hosted by the University of Dundee.

More information and details about the programme will be posted here soon.