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Professor Orkun Soyer

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Life Sciences
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Research Interests

Biology is a result of evolution. This fact is at the core of research ideas pursued at OSSlab. Headed by Orkun S. Soyer, the lab is interested in understanding the structure and response dynamics of biological systems from an evolutionary perspective and using this understanding to (re)design de novo biological systems. In other words, we are after evolutionary and ecological principles that can explain the structure and dynamics of biological systems and utilising these principles in systems and synthetic biology.

Our science is mostly driven by a desire to follow novel and interesting ideas. Consequently, we work on a broad set of questions and systems. We are a dry/wet lab working both through experiments done in theoretical models and computer simulations, and in real biological systems. On the latter domain, we currently focus on microbial systems, with two key research areas being the analysis and design of signaling and metabolic networks, and understanding and engineering of microbial communities.
We are part of the University of Warwick, School of Life Sciences (SLS), Warwick Centre for Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB), and the EPSRC/BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology (SynBioCDT).

  1. BSC Chemistry. Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  2. PhD University of Michigan, USA
Title Funder Award start Award end
Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Investigator Award: Understanding interplay between microbial interactions and spatial organisation Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 01 Apr 2020 31 Mar 2025
Understanding the origin and evolution of metabolic interactions using synthetic microbial communities. full stage BBSRC 02 Sep 2019 01 Sep 2023
WISB extension Oct 21 - March 22 BBSRC 01 Oct 2021 31 Mar 2022
Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) extension - related to 46082 BBSRC 01 Apr 2020 31 Mar 2022
Collaboration Agreement with Oxford - for extra funds for NPIF studentship (Alan Reed) under the SynBioCDT EPSRC 01 Oct 2019 30 Sep 2021
BBSRC equipment MPFLIM BBSRC 10 Nov 2020 09 Jun 2021
Electrical control of cancer merabolism Cancer Research UK 01 Jan 2019 30 Apr 2021
Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) BBSRC 14 Nov 2014 31 May 2020
ESPRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology University of Oxford 01 Jul 2014 30 Jun 2019
Bioelectrochemical conversion of cellulosic biomass into methane and organic acids - BBSRC NIBB BIV costing BBSRC 01 Dec 2018 31 Jan 2019
BBSRC IBBE (Led by Southampton) BBSRC 01 Feb 2014 31 Jan 2019
BBSRC LoLA: Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities for Biomethane Production BBSRC 25 May 2013 30 Nov 2018
Predictive Temporal Analysis of Functional Microbiomes in UK's Anerobic Digestion Reactors BBSRC 01 Jul 2016 07 Mar 2018
Electrical control of anaerobic digestion microbial communities BBSRC 01 Sep 2017 28 Feb 2018
Towards engineering microbial communities to treat a defined waste stream BBSRC 01 Feb 2017 31 Jul 2017
Via Southampton: Engineering a semmi-biotic immune system EPSRC 25 May 2013 31 Jan 2016
Transfer from Exeter: Evolving controllers and controlling evolution EPSRC 24 May 2013 23 Mar 2014