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.
Sebastian Lopez Castellanos
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.