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Professor Paul Freemont: Synthetic Biology - Designing the Future

Professor Paul Freemont: Synthetic Biology - Designing the Future

On Friday 9 June at 7pm, we will welcome Professor Paul Freemont to St Peter’s School, to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Synthetic Biology - Designing the Future', as part of the York Festival of Ideas.

Synthetic Biology - Designing the Future

Professor Freemont will explore how the powerful combination of molecular biology, design and engineering could lead to a ‘Biotechnological Revolution’ in medicine and healthcare. What is natural, what is manmade and who decides what is a good idea or good biological design?

Tickets for the lecture are free and are available on our Eventbrite page. If you have any enquiries or accessibility requirements please telephone us on 01904 527315 or email

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About the speaker

Paul Freemont
Professor Paul Freemont is co-director and co-founder of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (since 2009) and the National UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Synthetic Biology (SynbiCITE; since 2013) at Imperial College London. He is also currently Head of the new Section of Structural Biology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial (since 2014). He was previously the Head of the Division of Molecular Biosciences (2005-2012), Head of the Imperial College Centre for Structural Biology (2000-2005) having joined Imperial from Cancer Research UK London Research Institute.

His research interests span from understanding the molecular mechanisms of human diseases to the development of synthetic biology platform technologies and biosensors and is the author of over 200 scientific publications. He was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 2009 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and Royal Society of Medicine.

He was a co-author of the British Government’s UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap and has been a passionate advocate for synthetic biology research and translation both in Europe and internationally. He participated as a technical expert in the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity and Biological Weapons Convention.

He is also a working group member of the US NIST synthetic biology standards consortium. He has also been active in a number of public engagement activities including V&A Friday Late Synthetic Aesthetics (2014), Co-curator of ‘Grow Your Own’ synthetic biology exhibition at Dublin Science Gallery (2013), Co-organiser of Imperial Fringe Event ‘Life as we know it’ London (2013), participant in the RCUK Public Dialogue on Synthetic Biology (2010) and the Royal Academy of Engineering public engagement on Synthetic Biology (2008).

He has appeared regularly on radio and television broadcasts on the subject of synthetic biology and has successfully co-supervised Imperial undergraduate iGEM teams since 2006 and acted as an iGEM judge.