James was a 2018 summer student in the Open Bioeconomy Lab.
James was working on testing and standardizing optogenetic switches for economic induction of recombinant protein expression. During the internship he designed and began assembly on a higher throughput testbed for characterising optogenetic switch behaviour called the 96 well light plate apparatus (LPA) which might be released as an open source hardware project soon. James also worked on antibiotic free plasmid stability by assembling and testing toxin-antitoxin systems which should have downstream economic benefits on fermentation.
James completed undergraduate study at the University of Glasgow and is now registered for a Masters of Research at UCL in Synthetic Biology.
I have a particular interest in synthetic plant biology and am immensely looking forward to learning more about the rapidly evolving field of synthetic biology with the amazing team at Biomakespace and the Open Bioeconomy Lab