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Professor George Guo-Qiang Chen has more than 30 years of research and development experience in microbial physiology, metabolic engineering, and microbial PHA production and applications. He has published over 270 international peer-reviewed papers with more than 10,000 citations (H-Index 48), as reported in ‘Web of Science’.
With over 30 issued patents and 40 pending patents, George Chen’s technologies have been provided to several companies that succeed in mass production of microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). He has received many awards for his contributions to the microbial PHA manufacturing fields. In addition, he serves Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member positions for several international journals.
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Professor Lionel Clarke OBE is co-chair of the UK Engineering Biology Leadership Council.
He set up a bio-environmental consultancy ‘BionerG’ in 2016, following a career in Shell, spanning research-to-deployment programmes ranging from the global phase-out of leaded gasoline through to the development of advanced biofuels.
He currently sits as an industrial board member on the UK Bioeconomy Strategy Governance Group and is actively engaged with numerous advisory panels.
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Jean-Loup Faulon is a senior research director at the French National Institute for Agronomical Research (INRA) and also a Professor in Synthetic Biology at The University of Manchester. He is the founder and co-director of a CNRS nation-wide research network in Synthetic Biology.
For most of his career, he has been leading interdisciplinary research in synthetic biology and computational biology. He is renowned for his work on computer-aided design and in particular for the applications of retrosynthesis in synthetic biology. Originally developed in the context of metabolic engineering, the computational tools and experimental validation protocols developed by his research group are now used to engineer biosensors in whole-cell and cell-free systems for disease biomarkers detection.
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