DR THOMAS HOWARD
Tom received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, where, as a BBSRC Case Award student with Advanced Technologies (Cambridge) Ltd., he explored metabolic engineering of primary metabolism for crop yield improvement. He has published research on a number of different aspects of the genetic and biochemical regulation of carbon flux in plants and microbes. His research interests include carbon metabolism, metabolic engineering, bioengineering, and the combination of laboratory automation and data-driven engineering. He has supported several iGEM teams since 2012.
DR ALICE BANKS
Alice received her PhD from the University of Bristol, where she focussed on drug discovery and the elucidation of novel biosynthetic pathways from basidiomycete fungi. This was followed by a short EPSRC funded research project as part of the BristolBridge initiative: a multidisciplinary approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance. The focus here was to manipulate fungal biosynthetic pathways for the generation of novel antimicrobial secondary metabolites. In October 2016, Alice moved to Newcastle University to begin her role as a Research Associate in the Howard Group. This current EPSRC funded project looks to investigate the potential of combining synthetic gene networks with functional materials to develop novel, stimuli-responsive devices using cell-free protein synthesis.
DR COLETTE WHITFIELD
Colette received her PhD from Newcastle University as part of a BBSRC DTP position developing enzymatic protocols for the synthesis of designer DNA for nanotechnology applications. After a scientific visit to Hokkaido University, funded by an RSC Mobility grant, developing 3D patterning of DNA materials, she joined the Howard group in October 2016. Her primary research is in conjunction with Dr Alice Banks, establishing a cell free protein expression system embedded in a stimuli responsive hydrogel. Her research interests encompasses developing tools to aid technology, specifically developing methods to manipulate biological components into smart materials.
Josh was awarded a first class degree in Biochemistry by Wolverhampton University in 2014. At the end of 2015 Josh commenced his PhD studies examining hydrocarbon biosynthesis in the fungus Ascocoryne sarcoides.
Christopher was awarded his undergraduate degree by the University of Port Harcourt followed by an MSc in Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology by Newcastle University. In October 2016 Christopher began his PhD studies in the Howard Group supported by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.
DR MATTHEW PEAKE
Senior Research Technician
Matt received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics from Keele University in 2001. Matt has a wide range of experience of many molecular and biochemical techniques employed in the lab. and generally attempts to keep everyone in line!
Alex joins the group after completing an MSc in Synthetic Biology at Newcastle. Alex's research is funded through the Institute for Agri-Food and Research Innovation.
Alis joins the group after completing an MBiol at York. Alis' research is funded through the BBSRC-Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham Doctoral Training Partnership in collaboration with Fera Ltd. as CASE partner.