The Roslin Institute

The ultimate aim of the Roslin Institute is to enhance the lives of animals and humans through world-leading research in animal biology. It provides holistic solutions to global challenges in human and veterinary medicine and the livestock industry.

The design of the Roslin Institute's new building (2011) was inspired by the shape of a pair of chromosomes, with a rainbow progression of coloured panels that link offices with research laboratories.


Known globally as the birthplace of Dolly the Sheep, the first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, the Roslin Institute is a world leader in the field of animal science research. It is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) National Institute of Bioscience and part of the University of Edinburgh, incorporated with the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS).

The Institute undertakes top-class basic and translational sciences aimed at tackling some of the most pressing issues in animal health and welfare, their implications for human health and for the role of animals in the food chain.

Its mission is to gain a fundamental understanding of genetic, cellular, organ and systems bioscience underpinning common mechanisms of animal development and pathology, driving this into the prevention and treatment of important veterinary diseases and developing sustainable farm animal production systems.

In March 2011, The Roslin Institute moved to the Easter Bush Campus, to a stunning new £60 million state of the art building with capacity for 500 researchers.

Its iconic new building was inspired by the shape of a human chromosome – one arm providing open plan office areas, the other shared laboratory accommodation.  These are linked by an interaction zone with meeting rooms and break-out spaces.

The Institute has internationally recognised programmes on molecular and quantitative genetics, genomics, early development, reproduction, animal behaviour and welfare, neuropathogenesis in animal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies and has pioneered methods for the genetic modification of farm animals.

The Institute has recently been widely acclaimed for developing transgenic chickens for large scale production of human antibodies for use as anti-cancer therapies. It has also had recent success with commercial partner Landcatch Ltd. in identifying genetic markers for selection of salmon with increased resistance to Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis.

Easter Bush Research Consortium

Around 600 scientists from the Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Moredun Research Institute work through the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC) to streamline research which has a large focus on animal and human health and this includes identifying new and emerging diseases that can pass from livestock and wild animals to humans and understanding the ways in which these diseases work.

The EBRC is a powerful alliance of basic research, applied research and clinical veterinary expertise. EBRC scientists with common and complimentary interests in research work closely together to develop effective disease controls and treatments, improved food safety, improved animal welfare and sustainable management of farm animals.

The EBRC offers mechanisms and forums for sharing resources and expertise as well as providing an outstanding environment for teaching and training scientists at all stages of their careers.

The partnership within the EBRC, and integration with clinical practice and education in the the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, provide major opportunities for application and exploitation of the research of the consortium partners. 


Roslin Institute

  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Easter Bush
  • Midlothian, EH25 9RG

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