It is our pleasure to announce you all that our 2018 Steering Committee member Huseyin Tas has been elected as our New Chair! Congratulations Huseyin!
CNB-CSIC MADRID, CHAIR
Huseyin is a PhD student under supervision of Victor de Lorenzo, at the Spanish National Center for Biotechnology, Madrid (CNB-CSIC). His research consists of several aspects of empowering and enhancing the model organism Pseudomonas putida, where his objective is to bring standards for the synthetic biology research of Pseudomonas putida and to make it a desirable biosensor platform for exploitation in the environmental and industrial applications.
MPI MARBURG, WEB OFFICER
Stefano is a PhD Student in Hannes Link’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology & LOEWE Research Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO) in Marburg. His research is aimed at unravelling the dynamics of bacterial metabolism, blending systems and synthetic biology methods.
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, POLICY OFFICER
Adam is a PhD student in the groups of Prof. Takano and Prof. Breitling in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Manchester. He works on the production of antibiotics in Streptomyces species by systems and synthetic biology approaches. Adam is interested in entrepreneurship in biotech, ethics and science communication.
UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS, INDUSTRY LIAISON OFFICER
Jo is a postdoctoral researcher in the Goss group at the University of St Andrews, where she is working with Industry to use Synthetic Biology to produce industrially valuable small molecules. She also has a keen interest in using Synthetic Biology to transform waste plastic into value-added small molecules; directed evolution for biocatalysis; and ultra-high throughput assay development for biotechnology.
INSA TOULOUSE, ACADEMIC COMMUNICATION OFFICER
Cléa is a PhD student in synthetic biology at the Laboratory of Biological Systems and Chemical Engineering (LISBP) in Toulouse. She works on the construction of a synthetic pathway for the conversion of lignocellulosic sugars into glycolic acid. Her research is focused on enzymatic and metabolic engineering to develop new biological production chains, alternative to conventional ones.
MPI MAGDEBURG, SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER
Sebastian is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Kai Sundmacher at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg, where he works in the area of bottom-up synthetic biology. His aim is to address the question on the minimal requirements for life, making use of microfluidics to encapsulate metabolic pathways into lipid vesicles. Besides, Sebastian is also interested in bioart and biodesign.
MASARYK UNIVERSITY, EVENTS OFFICER
Barbora is a PhD student at Pavel Dvořák's lab at the Department of Experimental Biology of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Her research is focused on metabolic engineering of Pseudomonas putida in order to create a universal sugar utilizing unit for lignocellulose waste utilization, and simultaneously design a cooperative microbial consortium which will be capable of doing the same job. She is interested in synthetic biology as a new-generation tool for life sciences, in ecology, healthcare, and philosophy of science.
UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Konstantinos (Kostas) Vavitsas is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Athens, Greece. His research is on using photosynthetic microbes for biotechnology and synthetic biology applications. He is also community editor for PLOS synbio, communications editor for Omic Engine and EFB-EBBS.
GERMAN FEDERAL MINISTRY OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATION, FOUNDER AND CHAIR 2015-2018
Having served as an advisor to several international organisations, Christian is now a science policy officer with the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education. As founder of EUSynBioS, Christian chaired the young European synthetic biology association from 2014 through 2018. His academic research focused on the development of synthetic biology tools for applications of sustainability.
CNB-CSIC MADRID, ACADEMIC OFFICER 2015-16
Ángel is now Lecturer in Synthetic Biology at Newcastle University (UK). His research focus on the multi-scale study of molecular dynamics that will, in turn, govern the functioning of genetic logic circuits. Standardization of data and constructs to establish robust workflows is one of his major challenges. He also runs the MSc in Synthetic Biology to train the new generation of synthetic biologists.
MPI MARBURG, TREASURER 2015
Nico is a graduate student in the Lab of Victor Sourjik at the MPI Marburg and the Center for Synthetic Microbiology (SYNMIKRO).
He is working on different aspects of Synthetic Biology, from Protein Engineering to Microbial Community Engineering to provide new tools for Synthetic biology and Metabolic Engineering.
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, INDUSTRY LIAISON OFFICER 2015-16
Will is a graduate student in the Ellis Lab at Imperial College London. He is working on strategies to characterise and assemble therapeutic networks in yeast to be re-implemented in mammalian cells for practical usage.
ETH ZÜRICH, POLICY OFFICER 2015-17
Devang is a PhD student in Hervé Vanderschuren's group in Prof Willi Gruissem's lab. He is currently involved in collaborative research into developing RNA-based technologies for engineering DNA virus resistance in plants. His interests lie in applied synthetic biology and in bringing science from the lab to a wider public audience.
CNB-CSIC MADRID, ENGAGEMENT OFFICER 2017
Pavel is now a PI and lecturer at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. His research focuses on engineering of whole cell biocatalysts and synthetic bacterial consortia for specific biotechnological purposes, such as processing of lignocellulose-derived carbohydrate mixtures. He also gives lectures on Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering and runs local civic organisation for students with interest in biotechnology and biomedicine.
ETH ZÜRICH, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER 2018
Daniel is a PhD student in Martin Fussenegger's group at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) of ETH Zurich. Using mammalian cells, he is building synthetic gene switches for the treatment strategies of the future. His interests lie in the impact of synthetic biology on research and health care as well as science communication.