Dr Brenda Parker

Biochemical Engineering, University College London


Brenda has worked on applied phycology for the past 5 years, primarily on downstream processing of algae and bioremediation. Along with designers at Wayward Plants, she created the Algaegarden, an exhibit selected for the Metis International Festival in Quebec. Brenda was supported by a Public Engagement Award from the SGM for her algae installations for Secret Cinema and FARM:shop in London. She currently holds a Churchill fellowship on bioremediation.

Dr Paolo Bombelli

Biochemistry, University of Cambridge


Paolo has a multidisciplinary background with specific interests in energy conversion, photosynthesis and electrochemistry. Since 2007 he has been pioneering the development of algal solar panels known as Bio Photo Voltaic systems, featured in national and international press. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge with the title of "algal electrician".

Dr James Lawrence

Biochemical Engineering, University College London


James is a Teaching Fellow in Biochemical Engineering and his research focuses on the design and fabrication of small-scale tools for bioprocesFs development. James works extensively with UCL's Institute of Making, where he has developed expertise on a range of 'making' tools, including 3D printers and laser cutters. He is currently part of Lego2Nano, an international project with the aim of redesigning scientific tools (such as atomic force microscopes) to reduce their cost and make them accessible for schools and citizen scientists.

Marc Jones

Computational and Systems Biology, John Innes Centre


Marc is a PhD student in the group of Prof. Richard Morris, working on the control of flowering in the crop plant Brassica napus. The project applies experimental and computational approaches to transfer knowledge from Arabidopsis thaliana to a more economically important plant species. Previously, Marc studied Systems Biology at the University of Cambridge, during which time he was exposed to a wide range of computational techniques and their application to biological problems.