I am a Group Leader and Lecturer in Synthetic Biology and at the ISMB, a joint institute between University College London and Birkbeck. My aim is to establish a driven multi-disciplinary team, fostering innovation, collaboration and excellence, to probe the limits of our understanding of biological systems through synthetic biology. Previously, I worked at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, first as a Career Development Fellow (2006-2009) and later promoted to Investigator Scientist (2009-2013). Throughout that period, I worked with Dr. Phillip Holliger on the directed evolution of DNA polymerases and synthetic nucleic acids. I did my PhD in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Cambridge working with Professor David Ellar on the molecular evolution of Yersinia pestis (2001 – 2006) following my undergraduate training at the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry; 1997 – 2001).