Group PictureThe Stan group is actively developing new engineering methods and applying them to solve foundational problems in Synthetic and Systems Biology. Our research is interdisciplinary, with members coming from maths, engineering, and biology backgrounds. Our group is part of the EU-funded COSY-BIO consortium, the SynbiCITE Innovation and Knowledge Centre, and the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London.

Our research focuses on developing engineering methods and tools to rigorously analyse, design and control synthetic gene circuits and cellular metabolism so as to endow cells with novel functionalities.

We rely on principles drawn from Control and Dynamical Systems theory, and the experimental testing of our research is carried out in collaboration with other groups in the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology: Tom Ellis' lab, Tom Ouldridge's lab, Karen Polizzi's lab, John Heap's lab, and Geoff Baldwin's lab. For a general introduction to what the Stan Group does, you can have a look at the following short interview by Science Impact.

News: Our recent work on "Tools for engineering coordinated system behaviour in synthetic microbial consortia" is now out in Nature Communications. The paper was recently covered in an Imperial College news article.

News: Two major new papers are now out in Nature Methods and Nature Communications from our lab’s collaborations with Tom Ellis' lab on the key issue of gene expression costs in bacteria. Both build on our 2015 paper on burden and were recently covered in an Imperial College news article.

News: Our new paper on how to independently control amplitude and frequency in genetic oscillators is now out in Cell Systems. Really great collaborative work between 3 Departments (Bioengineering (Marios Tomazou), Life Sciences (Karen Polizzi), and Maths (Mauricio Barahona)). The paper was recently covered by an Imperial College news article for which the cover art was designed by Marios Tomazou.

News: PhD and PostDoc Openings in the Stan Group

If you are a highly motivated and dynamic post-doc or prospective PhD student with experience in synthetic biology and/or systems and control theory applied to biology and are looking to join one of the fastest-growing synthetic biology groups in the world, please email us with your CV.

Information about openings in the the Stan Group is available here.

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