News Archive

2 May 2016

Six BBSRC Research Experience Placements 2016 were awarded across the EASTBIO DTP to:

Alex Websdale, sponsored by Professor Carol Munro (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen), to do a BfH project "Investigating Candida albicans echinocandin drug susceptibility with gain of function mutants”

Manuel Blank, sponsored by Professor Frank Sargent (School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee), to do an IBB project "Carbon capture and storage using engineered bacteria"

Robyn Macrae, sponsored by Dr Melissa Cudmore (Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh), to do a BfH project "The role of VEGF receptor interactions during vascular morphogenesis”

Emma Lund, sponsored by Dr Steven Pollard (Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh), to do a BfH project "Genome editing in mouse neural stem cells"

29 Feb 2016

At the recent EASTBIO DTP 2016 PIPS QA Event in Dundee (12 February), our second-year students were treated to a number of presentations by students who have completed their PIPS and gave some useful insights into actual experiences of placements.

Fraser Murphy (Dundee-based third-year student) shared his slides with us; click on the image below to get a sense of his talk.


22 Feb 2016

Our second-year students will be taking part in a live 'Speed Science' event, which is part of the British Science Week activities in the partner University of Aberdeen on the 17-18 March 2016.

This is an interactive element of their EASTBIO Science Communication training run this year by the University of Aberdeen, where students will be putting into practice skills developed in the two-day workshop in front of a live audience.

More details to be published here soon.

10 Feb 2016

EASTBIO third-year student Christopher Johnston, based at the University of Aberdeen, wrote a report for the Scottish Government during his PIPS internship which got published and hit the national news.

One of the first studies to use the full data set of survey results between 1990 and 2013, shows lowest levels of smoking amongst 13 and 15-year old pupils in Scotland.

Congratulations to Chris on a fine job, with plenty of impact!


7 Oct 2015

We are currently revising our Training Programme and wish to draw the attention of our students and supervisors - existing and new ones - to the changes in requirements and timelines for each of the four EASTBIO student cohorts.

Please go to our Programme page to see a variety of guides for students and supervisors or click on the child pages to see year-by-year views of our Training.

Browse the revised EASTBIO Student Handbook 2015 for more insights into the thinking and interconnection of the different strands of our training.

As we are finalising the details of some of the optional training open to EASTBIO students across the partnership, we would appreciate the input by partners and colleagues. Please check these pages regularly for updates and contact us at EASTBIO if you spot any mistakes, obvious omissions or wish to offer a suggestion.

22 Sep 2015

The EASTBIO website is currently being moved to a different server. As a result, remote access to it for registered users (EASTBIO students and supervisors) may be blocked. Students and supervisors not based at the University of Edinburgh may not be able to access some of its pages during this week.

We hope that the reconfiguration will be complete by the end of this week (21-28 September). Apologies for the inconvenience.

For any query, please email EASTBIO.

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)