Alex left the Portabolomics group in January 2021 and is now a Senior Scientist at the Integrated Covid Hub North East (ICHNE), Baltic lab. He is part of a team responsible for the delivery of 80,000 Covid tests per day. In Portabolomics, Alex worked as a molecular biologist on expanding the host range of plasmid vectors,
Dr. Ben Shirt-Ediss is a computer scientist with a special interest in modelling chemical, biochemical and physico-chemical systems. He is currently a Research Associate in Computational Nanobiology within the ICOS group at Newcastle University.
In the Portabolomics project, Dr. Shirt-Ediss was involved with the computational/theoretical modelling of biomolecular processes,
Andrew was the Operations Assistant for our Portabolomics and the ICOS team and now works as the Operations Assistant to the Computing Science Head of School at Newcastle University.
Prof. Marcus Kaiser studied biology and computer science at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Distance University Hagen and obtained his PhD from Jacobs University Bremen in 2005. He is initiator and co-director of the Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Systems Neuroscience. He is leader of the UK INCF Special Interest Group in Image-based Neuroinformatics,
Emanuela Torelli received the PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Udine, Italy. Her approach to science and technology is multi-disciplinary, collaborative and application-oriented. She is an experienced scientist in the field of biotechnology and Synthetic Biology, and her recent research focuses on DNA/RNA assembly and nanobiology.
Jonathan started his PhD in September 2016 in the Portabolomics project trying to increase the yield of enzymatic pathways using dCas9 technology. He also successfully worked on the CellRepo project and recently got his PhD awarded. Jonathan left the group and moved back to Spain in October 2020.
Dr Kenneth Taylor is a social scientist whose research interests center on the issues raised by developments in biological sciences for both policymakers and the people whose lives could be affected. Ken worked with Dr Simon Woods on ‘Responsible Innovation’ in synthetic biology. This involved engaging in both empirical and conceptual research;