Our Team

Find out about our experienced team of scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs

The London DNA Foundry has brought people together from different backgrounds, skills, experiences, sectors and organisations into a creative environment to drive innovation in engineering biology

Dr David McClymont, Head of Automation

David is a highly experienced automation specialist having started in High-Throughput screening and assay development for ion channel drug discovery at Xention in Cambridge after completing a PhD at the University of Nottingham. After extensive exposure to automation and drug discovery process, he moved to the Chemical Biology Platform in Oslo, Norway to become Head Engineer. In this role he was responsible for assay development and also designed and built the Dotmatics database infrastructure. There he also developed a unique software and automation approach applying it to personalised medicine and HTS immunoocology projects. Taking a step into Synthetic Biology, he is leading a team developing the high-throughput molecular biology techniques required for automated design-build-test for areas such as DNA assembly, metabolic pathway engineering and cell-free synthetic biology.


Dr David Bell, Head of Analytics & Metrology

Following a PhD and post-doctoral research at the University of Manchester, David was recruited to establish an analytical laboratory at the Biosciences Research Centre in a precursor to GSK, with responsibility for spectroscopic facilities across multiple R&D sites. After a move to a small biotech, as Head of Mass Spectrometry, David transformed the workflows used, thus making a major contribution to the ongoing success of Oxford Biotherapeutics.

Experience at the UK Chemistry National Measurement Institute, LGC, was followed by a move to the centre at Imperial College in July 2014 to establish the analytics core facility. David is responsible for analytics and metrology within SynbiCITE, providing support and advice to academics, students and partners.


Dr Soo Mei Chee, Research Associate

Soo Mei completed her PhD at The University of Manchester on the design and development of small molecule inhibitors for anticancer research. She then moved to Imperial College London where she was involved in peptide design and synthesis for ligand-binding assay development as a post-doctoral researcher. Soo Mei joined SynbiCITE in October 2015 to support the analytics core facility.


Dr Iro Tsipa, Research Associate

Dr Argyro (Iro) Tsipa completed a PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her expertise is in the establishment of experimental protocols and modelling of biological systems. Iro joined the analytics and metrology facility of SynbiCITE in October 2016 with a focus on proteomic/transcriptomic measurements, and genetic part performance.


Dr Lorna Suckling, Research Associate

Lorna's background is in industrial and academic drug discovery and she has experience in the development and running of assays using automated platforms. Since October 2016, she has assisted with the running of the Foundry's automation facilities, providing support and advice to academic and industrial partners.


Dr Priscilla Rajakumar, Research Associate

Priscilla recently completed her PhD in Molecular Biology at the University College London. During her PhD, she worked with projects involving recombinant peptide vaccine production in microalgae. Then, in October 2016, she joined SynbiCITE where she assists the molecular biology work of the Foundry’s operation for high-throughput DNA assembly.


Alexander Foster, Research Assistant

Alexander FosterAlex completed a Masters in Bioengineering at Imperial College London on the development of mechanical synthetic gene networks to test G protein-coupled receptor properties.

 


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