Disruptive Technologies in the Life Sciences Conference

Wednesday 25th September 2019, 9:00am to Thursday 26th September 2019, 5:00pm

Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

From Single Molecules to Systems. Life Sciences research is constantly evolving, with technologies periodically emerging that fundamentally improve our ability to interrogate biological systems.


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Connecting individuals across the spectrum of research, industry and funding, this meeting will be an invaluable opportunity to hear from the pioneers of the ground-breaking technological advances that are fundamentally changing the way we study biology and understand disease.




Recent examples include iPSCs and directed differentiation with organoids beginning to recapitulate mammalian tissues in vitro, the array of diverse CRISPR/Cas9 approaches and the rainbow of fluorescent proteins to localise cellular components in order to probe gene function and dissect disease mechanisms. 

Next-gen sequencing has changed our understanding of whole genomes and biological diversity and is helping us to catalogue the cell-level complexity of tissues via single cell transcriptomics. Quantitative proteomics is helping us unravel the regulation of complex cellular processes. 

Exciting developments in microscopy and photonics allow us to examine everything from 3D macromolecular structures using cryo-EM, the inner workings of cells using super-resolution imaging, and whole organisms in unprecedented detail using light sheet imaging. 

Computational analysis of “big data” and the application of AI technologies will change the way biological research is done in the future. Taken together, these technological advances will provide a window on biology that enables us to view and interpret systems at multiple scales, with unprecedented clarity.

Registration for this meeting will open soon.


Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA) is a strategic alliance between eleven Scottish Universities that aims to advance Scotland’s research and innovation in the life sciences.