Dr. Nicola Patron is a research group leader in engineering biology at The Earlham Institute and co-director of the Earlham DNA Foundry. She applies synthetic biology approaches to uncover the intrinsic properties of eukaryotic regulatory sequences and develops molecular tools for pathway and genome engineering in photosynthetic organisms. Her current projects aim at tailoring photosynthetic organisms for the efficient production of molecules used in healthcare and improving the yield and nutritional value of crops.
As a SynBioLEAP fellow Nicola was recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology with a desire to help innovations in the laboratory have positive social impact. In that context, she is also concerned with the complex questions of access and ownership that surround genetic sequences, enabling technologies and biomolecules.
Nicola has a PhD in plant molecular biology and pursued postdoctoral research at The John Innes Centre and The University of British Columbia.