Professor Millar is Chair of Systems Biology at Edinburgh University, and is also the associate director of SynthSys, a research centre for synthetic biology. He was previously involved in the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), in GARNet, the UK's Arabidopsis research network, and was founding Director of SynthSys' predecessor, the Centre for Systems Biology at Edinburgh (CSBE).
"Professor Andrew Millar’s research group uses mathematical models to study complex processes within cells, particularly the biological clock. The clock synchronises many biological processes with day and night, from the cell division cycle to the sleep-wake cycle. Plants use the clock to predict the duration of darkness, avoiding nightly starvation, and also to measure the lengthening days in spring, allowing seasonal flowering. The robustness of this biological system contrasts with the fragility of the financial system. The major cause of that economic fragility is surprisingly simple, yet shockingly unfamiliar."
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