Dr. Patrick Yizhi Cai

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Olivia Wei Liu
Wei is a PhD student in her final year in Cai Lab. She got her bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Ocean University of China and joint the lab in 2013 for her PhD study with Patrick. She entered the field of synthetic biology by participating in the iGEM competition. She was the leader o... Learn more
Roy Walker
Roy Walker is a PhD student of Dr Patrick Cai and Prof. Alistair Elfick. Roy’s PhD project focuses on designing, assembling and characterising a tRNA neochromosome as part of the Sc2.0 consortium. Roy’s research interests otherwise focus on the biotechnology and molecular biology of the model yea... Learn more
Paulina Kanigowska
Paulina is a PhD student from Poland. Her main interest and scientific focus is laboratory automation and its application in the synthetic biology domain. In the Cai Lab, she works on establishing high-throughput DNA manufacturing and editing protocols, as well as investigates the biological work... Learn more
Chantal Yue Shen
Chantal Yue Shen is currently a PhD student of Dr. Patrick Cai and Dr. Chris French. She received a bachelor degree of Bioengineering from South China University of Technology (China) and a master degree of Biomedical Engineering from The University of Melbourne (Australia). Chantal has earned fo... Learn more
Jamie Auxillos
Jamie is a PhD student at the Cai lab under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Cai and Professor Chris French. She graduated with a BSc Hons in Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology in 2014 at Newcastle University and an MSc in Systems and Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh in 2... Learn more
Dr. Andrea Martella
My research project is focused on development of new tools and strategies that facilitate the design and production of mammalian expression vectors and megabase-size DNA constructs. My current project is in collaboration with Dr. Steve Pollard’s lab at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (C... Learn more
Aileen Greig
Aileen. Married. Mother of 4. Loves cats and dogs. Enjoys a laugh. Aileen has worked at Edinburgh University in a technical capacity for 26 years and was part of the ICMB within Prof Adrian Bird's lab until 2009, before becoming a member of Prof Mike Tyers' lab for 5 years. Aileen now supports t... Learn more
Dr. Dariusz Abramczyk
My scientific interest lies in the field of fungal molecular biology and microbiology. I graduated with MSc in Biotechnology and PhD in Molecular Biology from Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Poland. Following postdoctoral training at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Manche... Learn more
Emily Scher
Emily is a PhD Student in the Cai Lab. She graduated in 2014 with a BSc in Computer Science from John's Hopkins University. She has had internships at several software companies including Google and Cisco, and before her PhD was working as a Software Development Engineer at Amazon. Learn more
Katarina Jonsson
Katarina graduated from the University of Edinburgh in June 2015 with a BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology. She is continuing her studies here in Edinburgh as a PhD student in the Cai and Marston labs where she is synthesising mini-yeast chromosomes and testing their ability to segregate during mito... Learn more
Dr. Eva Garcia-Ruiz
Eva works at Cai’s group at University of Edinburgh as a postdoctoral research associate. Prior to coming to Edinburgh, she gained extensive research experience from several fellowships and internships at industry (MSD) and academia. She received her B.S. in Biology from Universidad de Alcala de ... Learn more
Nahuel Manzanaro Moreno
In 2016 I started my PhD in the SwainLab, co-supervised by Dr. Patrick Cai. My project focuses on developing burden sensors for eukaryotic cells, mainly working with yeast, plate readers and microfluidics. My background includes a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry by the University of the Baleari... Learn more
Dr. Daniel Schindler
Daniel Schindler is currently working as postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Dr Patrick Cai. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology at the Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany, at the LOEWE Center for Synthetic Microbiology under Prof Torsten Waldminghaus. His research focused on the const... Learn more
Ute Koeber
I am interested in using the tools of synthetic biology to explore neural stem cell regulators and how they are disrupted in glioblastoma. This way I hope to identify new drugs that target glioblastoma at the transcriptional level. I did my undergraduate studies in biochemistry in Tuebingen, Germ... Learn more


  • Aitor Bleda, May 2016 - Nov 2016, Software Engineer.
  • Anais Moisy, Nov 2015 - Nov 2016, Designer, Design Informatics
  • Dr. Valentin Zulkower, Jun 2015- Nov 2016, Software Developer.
  • Isaac Yisha Luo, Mar 2014 - Nov 2016, Software Developer.
  • Alba Ubide, Oct 2013 - Sep, 2016, Lab manager.
  • Sarah Yijing Zheng, Oct 2014 - Nov 2016, Automation Engineer.
  • Fabian Schneider, Mar - Sep, 2016, Visiting PhD student, University of Munich
  • Jamie Auxillos, Sep 2014 - Dec, 2015, Master student in Synthetic Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • Tianyi Li, Jul 2015 - Aug 2015, Visiting graduate student, Tsinghua University
  • Lois Ogunlana, Jun 2015 - Aug 2015, Undergraduate student in Biotechnology, University of Edinburgh
  • Claire Chung, Jun 2014 - Aug 2014, Visiting undergraduate from Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Emily Scher, Sep 2013 - Aug 2014, Visiting undergraduate from Johns Hopkins University
  • Hugo Vilanueva, Sep 2013 - Sep 2014, Honors undergraduate student in Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Jackie Yun Wang, Apr 2013 - Jun 2014, Visiting scholar from BGI
  • Qi Feng, Apr 2014 - Aug 2014, Visiting master student from Tianjin University

We thank these research councils and industrial partners for their generous support