The SYNBIOCHEM Research program’s are strategically developed through a cabinet of collaborating academic experts to ensure exploitation of the fully integrated Design-Build-Test technology pipeline, underpinned by bespoke Data management. Responsible Research and Innovation is also core to SYNBIOCHEM activity.


Prof. Rainer Breitling  Metabolomic systems biology and postgenomic data analysis

Prof. Douglas Kell  Development and application of novel analytical methods at the interface between postgenomic biological systems, quantitative bioanalytical science and machine learning, with an emphasis on evolutionary computing and systems biology

Prof. Jean-Loup Faulon  Systems metabolic engineering and synthetic biology


Prof. Nigel Scrutton  Enzyme biophysics, structure and mechanism, quantum enzymology, enzyme engineering, biocatalysis, biofuels

Prof. Eriko Takano  Synthetic biology of bioactive molecules/antibiotics

Prof. Jason Micklefield  Chemical biology and synthetic biology

Prof. Daniela Delneri Yeast genomics

Prof. Patrick Cai Synthetic genomics


Prof. Roy Goodacre  Integrative ’omic analyses and vibrational spectroscopy for understanding biological systems

Prof. Perdita Barran  Biological Mass Spectrometry; Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, protein structure and dynamics

Prof. Nicholas Turner  Discovery and directed evolution of tailored biocatalysts: applications in industrial biotechnology including fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biofuels

Prof. George Guo-Qiang Chen  Synthetic biology applications in industrial biotechnology


Prof. Carole Goble


Prof. Philip Shapira

SYNBIOCHEM Co Investigators:

A wider pool of academic researchers from across The University bring a wide range of expertise to the Centre. David LeysNeil DixonSabine FlitschAndrew MunroSam HayNicholas LockyerJon LloydPeter MartinJames WinterburnAbdullah Gök, Andy Balmer, and Adisa Asapagic.

New associate and external Co-I members: Alan Dickson, Antony Green, Fatimer Salehi, Philip Day, Sally Randles (Manchester Metropolitan University), Sarah Chan (University of Edinburgh),