At LeoRios Lab, our research motivation focuses on promoting further understanding of the overlapping areas of Biochemical Engineering and Synthetic Biology, resulting in novel ways to apply this knowledge to tackle the global growing socio-economic inequalities. We have a firm belief that if scientists work together and gear their research and related activities towards this end, an immense contribution will be made fighting problems like equal access to food, energy and pharmaceuticals, boosting local bio-economies, access to high-quality education as well as the promotion of a sustainable environment. 

Our research areas
“What I cannot create, I do not understand”.- Richard Feynman

Microbiol Cell Factories: Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering

Engineering Microbial Consortia

Engineering Microbial Consortia

Engineered Microbial Consortia In their natural habitat, microbial cells live in organised consortia reaching a steady state in terms of...

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CRISPR-Based Low-Cost Diagnostics

CRISPR-Based Low-Cost Diagnostics

We are working on developing and optimizing CRISPR-mediated nucleic acid detection methods for the detection of early-stage infections.

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Metabolic Engineering

Metabolic Engineering

Our group is working on applying synthetic biology tools to engineer microbial cell factories to produce high value a bulk products such as...

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Mammalian Cell Factories

Mammalian Cell Factories

Mammalian Cell Factories We are very excited to explore new production ways of biologics using mammalian cells. Therefore, we are venturing in...

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Multiplex Genome Engineering

Multiplex Genome Engineering

To accelerate strain development and heterologous pathway construction, we are developing multiple genome engineering methods by employing novel...

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Bioprocess Engineering

Integrated Bioprocessing

Integrated Bioprocessing

The configuration, composition and aims of the bioprocesses make them unique between each other, even if the target molecule and source of...

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Continuous Flow Bioprocessing

Continuous Flow Bioprocessing

The bioprocessing industry has been mainly studied and commercialized using batch and fed-batch production methods, while little focus has been...

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Bio-Automation

Open Source Automation with Artificial Intelligence for Synthetic Biology

Open Source Automation with Artificial Intelligence for Synthetic Biology

Open source automation augmented with AI is now being used by academia and industry.   Open source automation designs can be more affordable...

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High Throughput Microscale and Mini Bioreactors

High Throughput Microscale and Mini Bioreactors

  Microscale Automated Bioprocessing Tools Microscale bioreators and its further automation have been a critical tool for the development of...

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Digital microfluidics applied to Synthetic Biology

Digital microfluidics applied to Synthetic Biology

Our lab is using the digital microfluidics device which is developed by Digibio Company (DigiBio) to do yeast transformation using CRISPR/Cas9 in...

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Research Areas

We Develop Innovative Solutions

“Impossible only means you haven’t found the solution yet”. - Anonymous

Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology

Microbial Cell Factories for the Sustainable Production of Drugs, Biomaterials and Biofuels

  • Anticancer Drug Taxol in S. cerevisiae
  • Jet Biofuels in Yarrowia Lipolytica
  • High Value Chiral Amino-alcohols in E. coli
  • High Value Alkaloids (i.e Ephedrine) in S. cerevisiae
  • Fragrances and Food Additives in E. coli and S. cerevisiae

High-throughput  Bioreactors

Mini and Microscale Bioreactors to Speed Up Bioprocess Development  Mimicking Large Scale Conditions

  • Advanced Microplate Based Bioreactors
  • Mini-Bioreactors Mimicking Industrial Scale Conditions
  • Microscale Continuous Flow Bioreactors
  • Low Cost 3D printed Bioreactors
  • Microfluidic MicroBioreactors

Smart Biosensors and Diagnostics

Synthetic Biology Tools Applied for Low-Cost Diagnostics and Biosensing Capabilities

  • CRISPR Based Diagnostics for COVID19
  • Biosensors Applied in Aquaculture
  • Digital Microfluidic Diagnostics

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

State of the Art Bio-Automation enhanced by Artificial Intelligence algorithms

  • Open Source Low Cost Automation
  • Edinburgh Genome BioFoundry
  • Bio-Automation Enhanced Through Artificial Intelligence
  • Automated Digital Microfluidics

Advanced Bioprocessing Technologies

Designing Novel Bioreactors and Intensified Bioprocesses to tackle Scale Up Challenges

  • Integrated Bioprocessing
  • Continuous Flow Bioprocesses
  • Scale up of Mammalian Cells Systems
  • Hybrid Biomodelling combining Machine Learning and deterministic algorithms
  • Life Cycle Assessments
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BBQ in the Meadows!

BBQ in the Meadows!

On Sunday 30 of May, we got a nice weather and decided to organise our networking event in the meadows having a BBQ, colleagues from other groups of the School of...

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Group meeting outdoors at the Royal Dick

Group meeting outdoors at the Royal Dick

After missing out for almost a year without outdoor social meetings, the members of LeoRiosgroup had the change to organise a meeting at the Summerhall Royal Dick to...

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Digital Microfluidics Workship

Digital Microfluidics Workship

About the Biomedical Automation Network: The Biomedical Lab Automation (BLA) network aims to coordinate and maximize the potential of the University’s automation...

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