Prof. Victor de Lorenzo is the director of the Systems Biology Programme at the Spanish National Center for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) and head of the Molecular Environmental Microbiology laboratory. His lab focuses on developing standardized tools for gram-negative bacteria, in particular Pseudomonas putida, for various synthetic biology applications.
Piers Millett is a Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute (University of Oxford), where he focuses on pandemic and deliberate disease and the implications of biotechnology. Piers consults for the World Health Organization on research and development for public health emergencies. He has been working for the Biological Weapons Convention of the United Nations.
(Remote Lecture) Dr. Filippa Lentzos is a Senior Research Fellow at King's College London. She specializes in security and governance of emerging technologies in the life sciences. She is involved in shaping policy of the multilateral Biological Weapons Convention of the United Nations. Lentzos was part of the original social science team establishing the Centre for Synthetic Biology & Innovation (CSynBI) in London.
Prof. Hervé Vanderschuren is the Professor of Plant Genetics at the University of Liége (Belgium) and until recently, Cassava Research Group leader at ETH Zürich (Switzerland). His research combines metabolic engineering, RNAi and genome editing technologies with systems biology approaches on orphan crops. His lab is strongly committed to the implementation of technologies where they can help making agriculture more sustainable. Through research on tropical crop species, his group also aims at improving North–South collaboration in plant biotechnology.