Advisory Board and Editors Synthetic Biology

Edward A. Bayer

Professor, Wishner Chair of Bio-organic Chemistry. Early development of avidin-biotin technology. Co-discoverer of the cellulosome concept. Editor/Editoral Board: Biotechnology Advances, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology. Member of Scientific Advisory Board, US-DOE BioEnergy Science Center (BESC). Sarstedt Research Award, The Ulitzky Prize, Fellowship of the American Academy of Microbiology and European Academy of Microgiology.

Kerstin Blank

Max Planck Research Group Leader since 2014; assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen; PostDocs at University of Leuven and University of Strasbourg; PhD in Biophysics from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich; Research interests: mechanobiology, molecular force sensors, protein engineering, single molecule techniques (force and fluorescence); Editor of Biophysical Reviews and Letters

Bettina Böttcher

Professor for Biochemistry with Focus on electron Cryo Microscopy at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg

Guo-Qiang Chen

Professor, School of Life Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing. Over 23 issued patents and 30 pending patents.

Rumiana Dimova

Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces since 2005
PhD in Biophysics from Bordeaux University
Awarded the Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics in 2014
Research interests: mechanical, rheological and electrical properties of membranes, colloidal interactions, molecular crowding

Drew Endy

Faculty of Bioengineering, Stanford University. Helped start BioBricks ( and iGEM (, and is a member of the US National Advisory Board for Biosecurity (

Pietro Gatti-Lafranconi

Biotechnologist by training, Pietro spent many years in Academia working on the understanding of the structural and functional determinants of molecular evolution processes in enzymes, protein binders and transcription Factors. Now applies these strategies in a Company's R&D department.

Kyou-Hoon Han

Professor and Senior Investigator, Department of Bioinformatics, University of Science and Technology. Senior Investigator, Biomedical Translational Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB)

Soha MN Hassoun

Soha Hassoun is currently Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and also in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts. Soha received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Soha was an integrated circuit designer with the Microprocessor Design Group, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hudson, MA, 1988-1991, and worked as a consultant to several EDA companies including Mentor Graphics and Carbon Design Automation. Her current research interests include developing algorithmic solutions to facilitate designing integrated circuits, and understanding the impact of new technologies such as double-gate devices, carbon nanotubes, and 3-D integration on design. Her other research includes computational methods for Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering, including pathway analysis, modularity, pathway synthesis, and predictive modeling of biochemical networks. Dr. Hassoun was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and several awards from ACM/SIGDA for her service, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and 2007, and the 2002 Technical Leadership Award. She held executive and technical leadership positions for several conferences and workshops. She is a a senior member of IEEE and ACM. See for a more detailed bio.

Karmella A Haynes

Karmella Haynes is an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and judge emeritus for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition. Her work with Davidson College students on bacterial computers was featured on NPR's Science Friday and was recognized as "Publication of the Year" in 2008 by the Journal of Biological Engineering. Her research aims to regulate therapeutic genes by engineering human chromosomes.

Jörg D. Hoheisel

After a 5-year period at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in London, UK, working at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ; German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg, Germany. Apart from publishing more than 350 scientific papers, the division filed nearly 50 patents.