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Dr Byron Carpenter

Job Title
Research Fellow
Life Sciences
024 765 74242
Research Interests

Synthetic biology is a multidisciplinary field that aims to engineer cells or biological systems to deliver societal and economic benefit, in areas such as healthcare, energy production, food security and the environment. Eukaryotic cells, including those of yeast, plants and animals, hold huge potential in synthetic biology. However, due to their complexity, precisely controlling the behaviour of these cells is challenging.
Our research aims to redesign natural cellular signalling pathways to create a powerful tool for regulating eukaryotic cell behaviour. We use a combination of kinetic modelling and advanced molecular biology approaches to design, build and test synthetic signalling pathways with novel properties. Ultimately, this tool will have a broad range of applications, including studying the cellular mechanism of human disease, producing engineered cells for regenerative medicine applications and developing miniaturised medical diagnostic devices.


UKRI Future Leader Fellow, School of Life Sciences, UoW, 2020-present
WISB Research Career Development Fellow, School of Life Sciences, UoW, 2016-2020
Investigator Scientist, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, 2012-2016
MRC Career Development Fellow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, 2009-2012
PhD Structural Biology, University of Sheffield, 2006-2009
BSc Biochemistry, University of Wales Cardiff, 2001-2004

Associate Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, UoW, 2020-present
Associate Editor, Bio-protocol, 2019-present
Biochemical Society Policy Advisory Panel and Early Career Advisory Panel member (2019-present)

Title Funder Award start Award end
Developing a synthetic signalling system capable of the precise spatial and temporal control of protein function in living cells. UKRI FLF UK Research and Innovation 01 Oct 2020 30 Sep 2024

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