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Natalie Partridge

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Natalie started as a PhD student in January 2020, working alongside Dr Simon Woods and Dr Kenneth Taylor. Her research will focus on responsible innovation and policy approaches relating to synthetic biology, with a particular interest in food industry applications. Natalie aims to investigate the social and ethical implications of biotechnological developments while identifying opportunities for public engagement.

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Miron Leanca

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Miron graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Huddersfield and later received his Master degree from the Liverpool John Moores University focusing on Drug discovery and Design.

Miron started his doctoral studies at Newcastle University in September 2019 in the group of Dr Yulia Yuzenkova.

In his project,

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David Markham

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David has been working as a Data Analyst in financial services for the last 3 years before coming to study at Newcastle University. He completed his BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter with a focus in computational biology. David participated in the iGEM competition for the 2015 Exeter iGEM team with a project focused on producing a synthetic biosensor for bovine tuberculosis.

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Neil Mackenzie

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Neil Mackenzie graduated from Oxford Brookes in Biological Sciences, following this he then studied his MSc at the same institution under the Supervision of Dr Ryan Pink. His MSc dissertation was on the development of a point of care test using High resolution Melt Analysis. During this time, he became exposed to the world of programming and computing.

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Jordan Connolly

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Jordan has in the past worked as a Business Intelligence Consultant and graduated with an MSc in Bioinformatics and BSc in Pharmacology from Newcastle University. During his masters studies he worked on a research project involving analysis of electroencephalogram (EEG) data using machine learning techniques.

Jordan started studying a PhD in Machine Learning for Synthetic Biology in April 2019 under the supervision of Dr Jaume Bacardit.

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Yiming Huang

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Yiming majored in computer science for Bachelor in Heilongjiang University of China and received her Master degree in financial computing in Queen Mary, University of London. She also worked as a software engineer in a bank for 6 years.

With the special interest in designing machine learning methods and applying them to tackle real problems, 

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Grace Goldsmith

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Grace gained her undergraduate degree from the University of Sunderland in 2016, graduating with a first class honours in Biomedical Science. She then studied Molecular Microbiology MRes at Newcastle University and investigated the role of FtsW within the division complex with Dr Richard A. Daniel, graduating with a Masters by Research in 2017.

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Adam Azzi

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Adam received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Manchester in 2016. He worked on control of translation using synthetic riboswitches in E. coli as part of his final year project. He then spent a year teaching Biology in China, before starting his PhD in September 2017.

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Giorgio Lai

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Giorgio graduated in Biotechnology in 2014 at the University of Turin (Italy) working on the genetic determinant of an aberrant vasculature phenotype in the model fish Danio rerio. He later set his research focus on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology with a Master degree in Industrial Biotechnology (2017,

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