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Dr Bowen Li

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Bowen received his PhD in Theoretical Computer Science from School of Computing, Newcastle University. From 2017 to 2019 he was a Research Associate working on the micro-scale modelling of microbial communities using individual based models. His research interests centres on applying formal techniques to the modelling, verification, and analysis of biological systems.

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Leanne Hobbs

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Leanne Hobbs graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Computer Science in 2014. Leanne has spent 2 years as a junior developer at Sage, followed by 2.5 years as a web developer for an electrical wholesaler.

Leanne joined the Portabolomics team in January 2019 as a senior software engineer/full-stack Ruby on Rails developer.

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Dr Alexander Johns

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Alex joined the Portabolomics group in summer 2017 and is a molecular biologist working on expanding the host range of plasmid vectors, as well as trying to understand what factors might limit plasmid replication.

Alex obtained his PhD from the University of Exeter, working on development of molecular genetic tools for manipulation of the oleaginous yeast R.

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Dr Aurelie Guyet

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Aurelie works on the construction of stable broad host range vectors and the application of anucleate cells in the expression of synthetic genetic circuits without host interference.

Aurelie obtained a PhD in molecular microbiology for her research at Pasteur Institute and University Paris VII (Paris, France) studying the role of the transcriptional regulator AdpA and proteolytic complex ClpP1 in the differentiation of Streptomyces lividans (2009).

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Dr Ben Shirt-Ediss

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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 is involved with the computational/theoretical modelling of biomolecular processes,

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Dr Wendy Smith

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Wendy is a member of the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems group and a senior research associate based in the Synthetic Biology wet lab in the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB), Newcastle University.

Wendy studied Medical Microbiology at Newcastle University and her PhD thesis was entitled ‘A functional genomic analysis of group A streptococcal virulence factors’.

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Dr Emanuela Torelli

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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.

From 2009 to 2015 she was research assistant,

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Dr Kenneth Taylor

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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 works with Dr Simon Woods on ‘Responsible Innovation’ in synthetic biology. This involves engaging in both empirical and conceptual research;

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