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Richard Kitney is Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering and Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation. He is a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering and chaired the Academy’s Inquiry into Synthetic Biology - and is a member of the UK’s Leadership Council for Synthetic Biology. Together with Professor Paul Freemont he has been responsible for developing the Imperial College Synthetic Biology Hub. He has published over 300 papers in the fields of synthetic biology, mathematical modelling, biomedical information systems, and medical imaging and has worked extensively in and with industry.

Contact: r.kitney[at]


Publications and activities

Kitney, R. I., Bell, J., & Philp, J. (2021). Build a Sustainable Vaccines Industry with Synthetic Biology. Trends in Biotechnology, 39(9), 866–874.

Bell, J., Philp, J. and Kitney, R.I., (2021). Addressing the post-COVID era through engineering biology. Engineering Biology 1-4. DOI:10.1049/enb2.12008

Kitney, R.I.: “Building the UK's Industrial Base in Engineering Biology.” Eng. Biol. 1– 9 (2021).

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