Team

JamesField

Dr. James Field
CEO & Founder

James completed his PhD studies at Imperial College London where his research was focused on re-engineering protein nanocages for biotechnological applications. Prior to his PhD, James completed a BSc in Biology with Microbiology (1st Class) and an MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology (Distinction), at Imperial College London. James is an active member of the synthetic biology community having participated in the iGEM competition both as an undergraduate (2009) and an advisor (2011). In 2015, James was selected as a fellow in the prestigious Synthetic Biology Leaders Excellence Accelerator Program (LEAP).

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Harry Rickerby
Principal Scientist

Harry achieved a distinction in an MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London in 2014 with a project centred around the characterisation of genetic control elements to simplify genetic circuit design and modelling. This work included the use of a cutting-edge robotic characterisation platform and high-throughput data analysis techniques. Harry has also completed a BSc in Biology from Imperial before joining LabGenius.

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Mo Niknafs
Engineer

Mo completed his MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2015. For his Masters level project Mo investigated biofunctionality, focussing on the synthesis of a polydopamine-adhered antimicrobial coating (1st Class). His 3rd year group project entailed the creation of a 3D food printer, also achieving a 1st Class. Outside of academic pursuits, Mo co-founded Imperial College Design Collective and was a founding committee member of Imperial Create Lab.

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Ben Mackrow
Scientist

Ben completed his PhD in Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London in early 2016. His research focused on the directed evolution of target proteins to engineer both novel and improved functionality. He has a keen interest in DNA assembly and was heavily involved in the design, optimisation and automation of a novel assembly protocol. Ben previously received his MRes in Synthetic Biology (Distinction) from University College London and his BSc in Biomedical Science/Forensics from Brunel University

 

Board of directors

PaulFreemont

Professor Paul Freemont

Professor Paul Freemont is co-director and co-founder of the EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and the National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London. He is also head of the new section of Structural Biology in Imperial’s Department of Medicine. Paul is the author of over 170 scientific publications, a Fellow of the Society of Biology and appears regularly on radio and television broadcasts on the subject of synthetic biology. Paul is an active member of the synthetic biology community and has co-supervised Imperial undergraduate iGEM teams since 2006.

RichardKitney

Professor Richard Kitney

Professor Kitney is Chairman of the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology; and Co-Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and The UK National Industrial Translation Centre for Synthetic Biology – both at Imperial College London. He has published over 300 papers in the fields of synthetic biology, mathematical modelling, biomedical information systems, and medical imaging. Professor Kitney was a member of the British Government’s working group on the development of a Roadmap for synthetic biology for the UK and a member of The Royal Society’s Working Party on Synthetic Biology. He is now a member of the British Government’s Ministerial Leadership Council for Synthetic Biology. In June 2001 Professor Kitney was awarded The Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Information Technology in Biomedicine.