Professor Susan Rosser

Past Member
Professor Susan Rosser

Professor Susan Rosser is Professor of Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh.  She is Director of the Edinburgh Mammalian Synthetic Biology Research Centre, PI and Co-director of the Edinburgh Genome Foundry for synthetic DNA synthesis and assembly.  She also holds a prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship in Synthetic Biology. She also leads two, large transatlantic Synthetic Biology research consortia funded by the EPSRC/NSF (Berkeley, Northwestern, Imperial, Warwick, Edinburgh) and BBSRC/NSF (Stanford, MIT, Penn State, Imperial, Edinburgh).

Professor Rosser’s research focuses on developing tools for synthetic biology approaches for pathway and genome engineering in bacteria, yeast and mammalian cell systems. The applications of her work include rapid strain engineering for production of high value chemicals, cell lines for protein production in particular biologic therapeutics, developing genetic tools for engineering stem cells and bio-computation: engineering cells to sense, process and memorise information.

Professor Rosser  is a member of the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Development Group and has translated her research for the commercial sector working closely with industry and has projects funded with both multinationals and local SMEs.

Professor Susan Rosser joined the SSAC on 01 February 2016 and stepped down in January 2019.