London Biofoundry Team

Synthetic Biology Enthusiasts

The London Biofoundry has brought research professionals with a wide range of skills and experiences together  into a creative environment to drive innovation in engineering biology

Dr. Kirsten Jensen

Project Manager

Dr. Soo Mei Chee

Research Associate

Dr. Marta Ciechonska

Research Associate

Dr. Miles Priestman

Research Associate

Paul Freemont


Richard Kitney


Dr. Tabasum Farzaneh

Senior Industrial Officer

Dr. David Bell

Head of Analytics and Metrology

Dr. Marko Storch

Head of SynBio and

London Biofoundry team members

Professor Paul Freemont


Professor Paul Freemont is the co-founder of the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (2009) and co-founder and co-director of the National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology (SynbiCITE; since 2013) and Director of the London DNA Foundry (since 2016) at Imperial College London. He is also currently the Head of the Section of Structural Biology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial. His research interests span from understanding the molecular mechanisms of human diseases and infection to developing synthetic biology foundational tools for specific applications. His research group has pioneered the use of cell free extract systems for synthetic biology prototyping, biosensor applications and distributed manufacturing and he is the author of over 220 scientific publications (H-index 72). He is an elected member of European Molecular Biology Organisation and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Medicine. He was a co-author of the British Government’s UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap and recent member of the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on synthetic biology for the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity (UN-CBD). He has also appeared regularly on radio and television broadcasts on the subject of synthetic biology and has successfully co-supervised Imperial iGEM teams since 2006.

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