The Earlham Institute
Dr. Nicola Patron is a Group Leader in Synthetic Biology at the Earlham Institute. Her work aims to develop technologies to engineer photosynthetic organisms for the biosynthesis of high-value products and therapeutics, and to improve the yield potential and nutritive value of crop plants. Her broader scientific interests are in understanding the regulation of gene expression and the mechanisms and consequences of gene transfer events. As a SynBio LEAP fellow Nicola was recognized as an emerging leader in synthetic biology with a desire to ensure that synthetic biology has positive social impact; she is interested in the complex questions of ownership and intellectual property that surround genetic sequences and biomolecules and how these influence attitudes towards biotechnology.