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3rd International IET/SynbiCITE Engineering Biology Conference 2017

Synthetic biology driving industrial translation in the bioeconomy

12 – 13 December 2017 | IET London: Savoy Place

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Richard Kitney Richard Ian Kitney OBE, FREng, DSc (Eng), FCGI

Principal Investigator & Co-Director of SynbiCITE and the Synthetic Biology Hub, Imperial College, UK

Kitney is Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering; Chairman of the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology; and Co-Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation. He was Founding Head of the Department of Bioengineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He Chaired The Royal Academy of Engineering Inquiry into Synthetic Biology.

Kitney is recognised as a leading research worker in the field of synthetic biology and has been responsible for co-developing the Imperial College Hub for Synthetic Biology and establish the UK national industrial translation centre for synthetic biology – SynbiCITE.

Paul Freemont Prof Paul Freemont

Co-Director of SynbiCITE and the Synthetic Biology Hub, Imperial College, UK

Professor Freemont is Head of the new Section of Structural Biology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College. He is also co-founder and co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and the National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology at Imperial College London.

His interdisciplinary research has lead to the identification and naming of the RING finger domain found in many disease-linked human proteins and is associated with the global regulation of protein degradation.

His more recent research interests in the field of synthetic biology have focused on developing foundational technologies and the development of biosensors for healthcare applications.

Committee members

Jacob Beal Jacob Beal

Senior Scientist, BBN Technologies, Research Affiliate at MIT, USA

Jake Beal is a Senior Scientist at BBN Technologies and also a research affiliate of MIT and of the University of Iowa. At BBN, he is a member of the Information and Knowledge Technologies business unit. At MIT, he works with the Weiss Lab and Project MAC. At the University of Iowa, he collaborates with members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

The uniting theme of his research is "engineered self-organization," which is the production of predictable aggregate behaviour from locally interacting elements. At present, his investigations are mainly in the domains of synthetic biology and aggregate and spatial computing. Previous research subjects have included work on human-like intelligence and various learning and reasoning systems.

Dr Chueh Loo Poh Dr Chueh Loo Poh

Assistant Professor, Division of Bioengineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Dr. Chueh Loo Poh obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from Imperial College London and B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from NTU Singapore. After completing his B.Eng., he joined Accenture Pte Ltd and specialised in Information Technology Consulting.

His research interests include biomedical informatics, information technology for healthcare and synthetic biology. His current research works focus on image processing related to MR and CT imaging, bio-inspired machine learning and computational tools for synthetic biology design.

Professor Petra Oyston Professor Petra Oyston

Biomedical Sciences, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Prof. Oyston works at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in the UK, and holds Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Leicester and Southampton. She has extensive experience studying host-pathogen interactions, especially those involving the intracellular bacterial pathogens such as Yersinia pestis and Francisella tularensis.

Initially, the focus of her work was the development of vaccines to protect individuals in the event of a biological attack. This work is still ongoing, but there is an increased emphasis on medical treatments which can provide a protective effect against a wide range of organisms, rather than the specific immunity provided by vaccines. To this end, there is research underway to identify targets in biothreat agents that can be inhibited by novel antimicrobial compounds.

Louise Horsfall Louise Horsfall

Lecturer in Biotechnology, University of Edinburgh

Louise Horsfall, a Lecturer in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh, is interested in multidisciplinary challenges involving Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology.

She is the recipient of the University of Edinburgh’s 2015 Chancellor’s Rising Star Award, the elected co-chair of the Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section of the European Federation of Biotechnology and a member of the EPSRC's Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research.

Louise holds a MChem from the University of Oxford, a DEA and a PhD in Biochemistry from the Université de Liège, Belgium. She worked as a research associate at the University of Leeds and the University of Glasgow before joining Edinburgh in May 2012.

Amy Tayler Amy Tayler

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Knowledge Transfer Network

Amy is the KTN’s Knowledge Transfer Manager for synthetic biology, and coordinates the Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group (SynBio SIG). She also supports the activity of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council (SBLC), which provides a steering structure and governance body to implement and coordinate the UK’s synthetic biology strategic plan.

Together these activities strive to stimulate an economically vibrant, diverse and sustainable UK synthetic biology ecosystem that is both cutting edge and of clear public benefit.

Prior to joining the KTN team, Amy managed a range of academic-industry partnerships at BBSRC, providing her with broad experience of the collaborative funding landscape from both the academic and industrial perspective. Amy has a PhD in molecular bacteriology from the University of Bristol.

Karen M. Polizzi Karen M. Polizzi

Senior Lecturer, Imperial College

Karen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London and a member of the multi-disciplinary Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation.

Karen’s first degree was in biochemistry from the University of Maine and her PhD was in chemical and biomolecular engineering was from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Karen joined Imperial College in 2008 as an RCUK Fellow in Biopharmaceutical Processing.

Karen’s research focuses on using synthetic biology to develop biological manufacturing processes for therapeutic proteins and small molecules. Her lab also develops biological sensors for the online monitoring and control of biochemical processes.

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