Current Members

Orkun S. Soyer, PI

Born in Istanbul, Turkey on 5th of July, 1975. BSc in Chemistry from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey (2000). PhD from University of Michigan for work with Richard A. Goldstein (2004). Postdoc with Sebastian Bonhoeffer at ETH, Zurich (2004 - 2006). Independent researcher at Microsoft Research - University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (2006 - 2009). Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Systems Biology at University of Exeter (2009 - 2013). Professor of Evolutionary Systems and Synthetic Biology at University of Warwick (2013 - ). Research area: Networks, evolution, and all in between. Off work: Keen sailor.
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Fred Farrell, PDRA

Born in London in September 1987. BA and Mphys in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, 2010. PhD in Biophysics from the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Davide Marenduzzo, working on simulation and theoretical models of microbial colony formation. Joined OSS Lab in August 2016, working on characterising and modelling microbial communities inhabiting industrial anaerobic digesters. Off work: languages, science fiction.

Jing Chen, PDRA

Born in Chongqing, China in June, 1985. BEng in Bioengineering (2008) and MEng in Biochemical Engineering (2011) from Sichuan University, China. PhD in Environmental Microbiology from The University of Hong Kong (2016), supervised by Dr. Ji-Dong Gu on the topic of molecular detection of denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation bacteria in coastal and ocean sediments. Joined OSS lab in February, 2016. Research area: Engineering synthetic microbial communities, quantitatively characterizing their dynamics and stability. Off work: Hiking, reading and cooking.

Christian Zerfass, PDRA

Born in Germany (Bad Kreuznach) in March 1988. BSc in Molecular Biology in February 2011 from the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz. Dr. rer. nat. in Biology at the JGU Mainz in August 2015 (Group of Professor Harald Paulsen, Research topic: Designed recombinant polypeptides for biomimetic silica-formation). Joined OSS Lab in September 2015. Research area: Self-sustained microbial community. Off work: Diving, literature.

Kalesh Sasidharan, PDRA

Born in Kerala, India in 1982. BSc in Physics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India (2003). DNIIT (Diploma in Software engineering) from National Institute of Information Technology, India (2003). MSc in Bioinformatics from Bharathiar University, India (2006). PhD in Systems Biology from Keio University, Japan, supervised by Dr. Douglas B. Murray and Dr. Martin Robert (2012). Joined OSS Lab in March 2013. Research area: Parasite-host interaction at the metabolic level. Off work: Sketching, poetry, travelling, cooking.

Andrea Martinez Vernon, PhD student

Born in Mexico in 1988. BSc in Biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Queretaro (Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro), Mexico (2012). MSc in Systems Biology from the University of Warwick (2014). PhD student in the Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training and the University of Warwick (2014-2018). Joined OSS Lab in July 2015. Research area: Engineering Synthetic Microbial Communities. Off work: hiking, squash, reading, cooking. University Website | Linkedin | Synthetic Biology CDT

Sean Aller, PhD student

Born in Birmingham, UK in 1993. BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Warwick (2014). Started PhD at OSS lab on September 2014. Research area: Virus-host interactions. Off work: Badminton, amateur photography.

Xue Jiang, PhD student

Born in Chongqing, China. Undergraduate in Bioscience from Sichuan University, China (2010). MPhil in Chemistry from University of St Andrews (2012). Started PhD at OSS lab on September 2013. Research area: Synthetic engineering of soil microbial communities. Off-work hobbies: Cooking, animations and badminton.

Henry Porter, PhD student

Born in New Jersey in 1989. Acquired a BSc in Biomedical Science at Lancaster University (2010) and an MSc in Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London (2012). Work experiences at Vancouver General Hospital, the Agribusiness Syngenta and the African Health Policy Network. Started PhD at OSS lab on Sep 2013. Research Area: Microbial communities.


OSS Lab proudly acknowledges the following students and researchers for their work and enthusiasm during their time in the lab. We wish them all the best in their future career.
Tobias Grosskopf (Post-doc, 2013-2016), Kent McClymont (Scientific Computing, 2014-15), Song Feng (PhD student, 2011-15), Chris De Wolf (Technician, 2013-15), Nicolas Delalez (Post-doc, 2014-2015), Jamie Lue (Post-doc, 2012-15), Simone Zenobi (Technician, 2013-14), Francesco Montefusco (Post-doc, 2011-14), Varun B Kothamachu (PhD student, 2010-14), Arno Steinacher (Post-doc, 2011-14), Munia Amin (PhD student, 2010-13), Kaitlin Weegman (MSc student, summer 2012), Tuba Ayhan (UG project, summer 2011), Steve Cockram (UG project, summer 2011), and Nihat Sayar (PDRA, 2010-11).


Current and recent collaborators include...
Wolfram Liebermeister (Charite - Universittsmedizin Berlin), Harris Wang (Columbia University), Dominique Schneider (University of Grenoble), Elisenda Feliu (University of Copenhagen), Carsten Wiuf (University of Copenhagen) Luca Cardelli ( Microsoft Research), Rick Titball (University of Exeter), Angus Buckling (University of Exeter), Patrick Schaefer (University of Warwick), Declan Bates (University of Warwick).