Biology meets Computer Science & Engineering

Recent advances in DNA synthesis have increased our ability to build biological systems. Synthetic Biology aims at streamlining the design and synthesis of robust and predictable biological systems using engineering design principles. Designing biological systems requires a deep understanding of how genes and proteins are organized and interact in living cells: Systems Biology aims at elucidating the cellular organization at gene, protein and network level using computational and biochemical methods.

The Synthetic and Systems Biology Summer School (SSBSS) is a full-immersion five-day residential summer school at the Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK on cutting-edge advances in systems and synthetic biology with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The school provides a stimulating environment for students (from Master students to PhD students), Post-Docs, early career researches, academics and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

The school will take place from July 17 to July 21, 2017.


> Application: March 31, 2017
> Notification Acceptance: April 10, 2017
> Oral Presentation/Poster Submission: March 31, 2017
> Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation: April 10, 2017


  • Massimo Gulisano, University of Catania, Italy
  • Giuseppe Nicosia, University of Catania, Italy
  • Steve G. Oliver, University of Cambridge, UK