Nico learned about designing, building and testing synthetic pathways during work for a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she attempted to produce cannabinoid compounds in E. coli. Nico joined the group to help scale up and automating lab processes using an Opentrons robotic liquid-handling platform combined with a synbio approach. She will also work on the expression of diagnostic-related proteins in the chloroplast. She has a passion for making things, either on a molecular or macroscopic scale and she is currently learning CAD design to 3D print custom modules for the Opentrons. In her free time, she enjoys doing art, sculpture and sewing. Nico thinks knowledge has to be shared and accessible for everyone and volunteers for outreach events to explain biotechnology to new audiences.