MEMBERS

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis

Principal Investigator

I’m Tom, born and educated in the UK with a spell doing research in the USA too. I run the group which means overseeing all theses cool projects, coming up with exciting new ideas and answering way too many emails.

Ben Blount

Ben Blount

Research Associate

I‘m Ben from Derbyshire in the UK. I’m heading the construction of synthetic yeast chromosome XI as part of the Sc2.0 project. Outside of the lab I like brewing beer and watching bands that play songs in pretentious time signatures.

Vivianne Goosens

Vivianne Goosens

Research Associate

I’m a microbiologist interested in bacterial secretion systems. In the past I’ve worked on Tat in B. subtilis, made some Type IV pili in E. coli and am now playing with the cellulose making machine K. rhaeticus.

Wolfgang Ott

Wolfgang Ott

Research Associate

I’m Wolfgang a biochemist on the scientific adventure to create materials from living organisms. My journey started with the investigation of the mechanical resilience of single proteins and continues on their implementation in bacterial cellulose to engineer a material exceeding the properties of its components.

Will Shaw

Will Shaw

Research Associate

I’m Will, from the South West of England. My specific research interests are in developing yeast as a testbed for designing, building and testing biosensor/actuator networks, with a particular emphasis on therapeutic applications. Outside of the lab I enjoy cooking, wine, fishing and CrossFit.

Joaquín Caro Astorga

Joaquín Caro Astorga

Research Associate

Joaquín Caro Astorga is joining us in December 2018 from University of Malaga. He’s previously worked on Bacillus and its role in the gut of Zebrafish

Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro

Independent Research Fellow

I‘m Rodrigo and I‘m excited to develop my independent researcher adventure with the support of the Ellis lab. I like applying cutting-edge synthetic biology tools to metabolic engineering most of my time. The rest, I enjoy exploring countries and cultures.

Marcus Walker

Marcus Walker

Graduate Student

Ok, I spent a lot of time on this small piece of text… Hi, I’m Marcus. In my PhD I am aiming to develop new tools to control bacterial cellulose production. Outside of the lab, I enjoy photography and being one of those pretentious people who still use film.

Glen Gowers

Glen Gowers

Graduate Student

“Evolution is cleverer than you are” - F. Crick. With this self-deprecating mantra in mind I am using yeast genome rearrangements to fast-track evolution to optimise the production of therapeutic natural products. I also like sailing.

Amritpal Singh

Amritpal Singh

Graduate Student

Hi! I‘m Amritpal from London. I’m a PhD student looking at engineering Acetobacter using synthetic biology to improve its industrial properties. I enjoy hijacking the metabolic process of bacterial systems to carry out my will. In my free time, I appreciate nature, collect antique arms and ponder the meaning of life.

Alicia Graham

Alicia Graham

Graduate Student

Whatever I can’t do, I try to make yeast cells do. And by that I mean: be as productive as possible! I’m Alicia, a PhD student working on metabolic engineering of Y. lipolytica to produce nutraceuticals. Outside of manipulating cells to obey me, I love doing anything related to food or travelling.

Lucie Studena

Lucie Studena

Graduate Student

I am Lucie and in my PhD project I use consortia of yeast and other exciting tools to produce medically relevant sesquiterpenoids. When not working, I enjoy anything outdoors (mountain expeditions, kayaking, caving), baking, acroyoga, improv, and way too many other activities

Keith Kam

Keith Kam

Masters Project Student

I‘m Keith from Hong Kong. I’m a MEng biomedical engineering student building a yeast adhesion and communication toolbox for cell patterning. Outside of the lab, I enjoy salsa dancing and krav maga.

Alumni

      • Dr Linda Dekker Postdoc: Sep 2017 – Aug 2018
      • Dr Charlie Gilbert PhD (Bioeng): Oct 2014 – Jul 2018
      • Dr Olivier Borkowski Postdoc: Dec 2014 – Feb 2018
      • Dr Georgios Pothoulakis PhD (Bioeng): Oct 2012 – Aug 2017
      • Dr Vivek Senthivel (RA): Mar 2017 – Aug 2017
      • Dr Tim Weenink: PhD (Bioeng): Oct 2012 – Nov 2016
      • Alice Boo: BioEng MEng: Nov 2016 – Jun 2017
      • Rob McKiernan: Bioinformatician: Jan 2014 – Jan 2017
      • Dr Francesca Ceroni: Postdoc and ICL Research Fellow: Sep 2012 – Oct 2016
      • Dr Benjamin Reeve: PhD (Bioeng): Nov 2011 – Apr 2016
      • Sabine Wagner: visiting PhD (Munich): May 2016 – Sep 2016
      • Dr Dejana Jovicevic: PhD (Bioeng): Apr 2012 – Apr 2016
      • Robert Chen: Visiting Whitaker Fellow: Oct 2014 – Sep 2015
      • Hugo Villanueva: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Feb 2015 – Sep 2015
      • Michael Florea: Biology BSc: Oct 2013 – Aug 2015
      • Dr Elena Martinez-Klimova: PhD (Bioeng): Jan 2011 – May 2015
      • Marios Koutsakos: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
      • Marta Garcia Bellmunt: Technician: Mar 2013 – Nov 2014
      • Dr Ollie Wright: Postdoc Superstar: Aug 2012 – Dec 2013
      • Dr Rhys Algar: PhD (Bioeng): Oct 2010 – Oct 2013
      • Mihails Delmans: BioEng BEng Oct 2013 – Jun 2014
      • Isuru Goonatilake: BioEng MEng Oct 2013 – Jun 2014
      • Joshua Smit: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Feb 2013 – Sep 2013
      • Joachim De Jonghe: BioEng Msc: Jan 2013 – Sep 2013
      • Henrik Hagemann, Bianca de Blasi, Jocelyne Holdbrook, Sophie Morse, Yutong Wu: BioEng BEng Oct 2013 – Jun 2014
      • Niko McCarty: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Feb 2018 – Sep 2018
      • Rachatida (Luke) Det-Udom: Visiting PhD student & Newton Fellow: May 2017 – May 2018
      • Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli: MRes Sys & Syn Bio & RA: Feb 2017 – Feb 2018
      • Jelle Van Der Hilst: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Feb 2017 – Sep 2017
      • Akash Das: BioEng Msc: Dec 2016 – Sep 2017
      • Ariana Miano, Alex Leung, Francesco Guagliardo, Monika Zbytniewska, Sergi Fayos Villalta: BioEng BEng Oct 2016 – Jun 2017
      • Matthew Layton: BioEng MEng: Nov 2016 – Jun 2017
      • Dr Ali Awan: Postdoc and Fungal Wizard: Jul 2013 – Jan 2017
      • Maureen Driessen: Technician: Jun 2014 – Jan 2017
      • Dr Carlos Bricio Garberi: Postdoc and Music & Star Wars Guru: Jul 2014 – Sep 2016
      • Jack Ho: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Feb 2016 – Sep 2016
      • Alicia Graham: ICL UROP student: Jun 2016 – Sep 2016
      • Michaela Murgiano: visiting MSc (Italy): Oct 2015 – Mar 2016
      • Simon Arsene: BioEng Msc: Dec 2014 – Sep 2015
      • Despoina Paschou: BioEng MEng: Nov 2014 – Jun 2015
      • Arinbjorn Kolbeinsson: BioEng MEng: Nov 2014 – Jun 2015
      • Thomas Hargest: BioEng Msc: Jan 2013 – Sep 2013
      • Nicolas Kylilis: MRes Sys & Syn Bio: Feb 2012 – Sep 2012
      • Anna Kress: Visit from Aachen University: Apr 2012 – Sep 2012
      • Piotr Fabr: BioEng MEng: Nov 2011 – June 2012
      • Yaksha Novicic: BioEng BEng:  Nov 2011 – June 2012
      • Jiayue (Nina) Zhu: BioEng BEng: Nov 2011 – June 2012
      • Fabio Chizzolini: visiting MSc (Italy) Sept 2010 – July 2011
      • Hung Hsu: BioEng BEng: Nov 2010 – June 2011
      • Riham Satti: BioEng MEng: Nov 2010 – June 2011
      • Serge Vasylechko: BioEng MEng: Nov 2010 – June 2011