meet the team

Principal Investigator

Dr Leonardo Rios
Dr Leonardo Rios
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Synthetic Biology and Biochemical Engineering
Leonardo was awarded a lectureship in 2017 at the Engineering School of the University of Edinburgh where he leads his research group at the...

PhD

Peter Hebden
Peter Hebden
PhD Student: Biomedical AI
Lab automation augmented with machine learning.
Laura E. Walls
Laura E. Walls
PhD Student: Bioprocess Engineering
Laura focuses on the development of an industrially relevant, scalable bioprocess for the production of high value isoprenoids. Laura is using...
Behnaz Nowrouzi
Behnaz Nowrouzi
PhD Student: Metabolic Engineering
Behnaz has a keen interest on microbial-based natural product synthesis. She would like to introduce new insights into P450 enzymes research using...
Nestor Jonguitud
Nestor Jonguitud
PhD Student: Microbial Consortia
Nestor came all the way from Tabasco, Mexico to pursue his PhD focusing on engineering microbial cells to work synergistically to produce natural...
Jorge H. Santoyo-Garcia
Jorge H. Santoyo-Garcia
PhD Student: Integrated Bioprocessing
Jorge focuses on Integrated Bioprocess design, developing novel high throughput production and recovery methods of high value natural products...
Koray Malci
Koray Malci
PhD Student: Metabolic Engineering, Automation and Diagnostics
Koray is focusing on microbial cell factory design using novel genome engineering tools and automation platforms to produce high-value...

MscR

Urte Puodziunaite
MscR Student: Bioengineering
Urte is interested in the application of metabolic engineering for ephedrine production in microbial cells.
Zhuoyue Wang
Zhuoyue Wang
MscR Student: Bioengineering
Zhuoyue focuses on digital microfluidics in synbio applications.

Msc

Visiting Students

Navaneel Sarangi
Navaneel Sarangi
Post-Graduate Student (Biotechnology), St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata
Navaneel is a Post-Graduate Student of Biotechnology. His interests encompass Synthetic Biology and Astrobiology.
Sudarshan GC
Sudarshan GC
Master AIRE-LiSc (AIV), CRI Paris
Sudarshan focuses on the interdisciplinarity, synthetic biology and community engagement.

Interns

Owen von Morgen
Owen von Morgen
Intern: Bioprocess Engineering
Erikan Baluku
Erikan Baluku
Biomedical laboratory technologist Undergraduate
Erikan is a biomedical laboratory technologist undergraduate and has research interests in microbiology, synthetic biology involving using phages...
Paul Marquez
Paul Marquez
Engineering in Biotechnology Undergraduate
Paul is an undergraduate Biotechnology Engineer. His interests include bioinformatics, omics sciences, inmunology and synthetic biology.
Heloísa Oss Boll
Heloísa Oss Boll
Biotechnology Undergraduate
Heloísa is a Biotechnology Undergraduate with interest in synthetic biology, project management, open science and philosophy.
Prakriti Karki
Prakriti Karki
Undergraduate Student
Prakriti Karki is a member of Media Lab Nepal. Her interests are immunology, microbiology, synthetic biology ,bioinformatics, open science and...
Rohan Kotha
Rohan Kotha
Chemical Engineering Undergraduate
Rohan is a Chemical Engineering Undergraduate and his research interests include polymerization, waste utilization and synthetic biology.

Alumni

Calum Webb
Calum Webb
Undergraduate Student, MEng Chemical Engineering
Calum is an undergraduate chemical engineering student with interests in lab automation and 3D printing
Emma Watts
Emma Watts
BSc Hons Biotechnology
Emma is interested in the intersection of synthetic biology and sustainability.
testimonials

What People Say About Us

I did a period of research abroad at Leo Ríos’ lab. The whole group made me feel like I was at home during the time I was there and they really valued me as a member of the team. They shared their knowledge in the best way posible and I had responsibilities from day one. Leo is not only a great scientist, he is an amazing leader.

 

 

Gabriela Mellado (visiting student)
Gabriela MelladoVisiting Student
Glad to be a member of Dr. Leo’s lab. I have learned a lot in such a harmonious
atmosphere. Hope to keep updated on the well-designed website!
Junlin Dong (MSc Student)
Junlin DongMsc Student (Currently Research assistant in SIAT)

I’m really glad to have joined  Leo’s lab during my master year to conduct research on advanced machine scheduling for COVID-19 diagnosis optimization. I’m extremely impressed with the best scientific research atmosphere, the strongest scientific prowess, and the most harmonious relationships in this lab. These really helped me to make progress in my academic years and will benefit me in the future.

Yimeng Han (MSc Student)
Yimeng HanMsc Student