I am a bioengineer interested in studying how biotechnology could influence and shape our daily lives.
My work is mainly focused on microbes -- bacteria, viruses, and related biomolecules -- and studying how they can help us understand and transform various aspects of life. I am a specialist in the field of synthetic biology: I program living cells to perform useful tasks that could advance diverse industry sectors, promote global health or protect the environment.
I hold a PhD degree from the Bionanoscience Department of TU Delft, where I engineered bacteria to produce last-resort antibiotics from cheap and sustainable materials. Moreover, I developed tools to activate relevant biosynthetic enzymes within industrial microbes, in order to expand the range of natural products that can be manufactured via fermentation. Then, as a team leader at the start-up company Pantheon Biosciences, I worked on the discovery and development of novel antiviral drugs derived from Viperins, a protein family involved in bacterial anti-phage defense.
In addition, I have a keen interest in exploring unexpected ways to study, exploit, and expose biotechnology in relation to society. I believe it's important to critically think about the implications of technology in a broader context, and to promote interesting connections with other disciplines. Therefore I have collaborated with artists, designers, educators, or industrial partners, to broaden the practice of science. My work includes founding a team to make a scientific video game, exhibiting an art-science work in a gallery, or organising workshops for different audiences.
RESEARCH: featured projects
Senior Scientist, Team Leader at Pantheon Biosciences
Pantheon Biosciences develops groundbreaking molecular tools based on new anti-phage defense systems discovered by the Professor Rotem Sorek’s lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Understanding the mechanisms of action of these new systems will potentially result in disruptive tools for biotechnological applications.
2019 - present - Merck Ventures BioIncubator, Israel
Engineering antibiotic production in bacteria - PhD candidate
Combining synthetic biology and metabolic engineering tools to implement carbapenem antibiotic production in E. coli.
Studying activation of Fe-S enzymes for biotechnology applications
High-throughput screening of Lantibiotic-mutagenesis libraries - Intern
Developing methods and protocols for high-throughput screening of synthetic lantibiotic peptides, using microfluidics and engineered L. lactis strains
2012 - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Synthetic biology and genetic engineering of mammalian cells - Intern
2011 - MIT, USA
Testing tools for genetic engineering and synthetic cell-cell communication in mammalian cells
I have kickstarted and lead an interdisciplinary team to develop a synthetic biology video game.
Hero.coli is an open-source online game created to teach the fundamental concepts of synthetic biology and build intuition for DNA design. And it is fun !
I was a selected participant of the research project 'MAKING_LIFE' for art and synthetic biology.
In collaboration with artists I have exhibited the artwork 'Living Ashes' in Helsinki.
I have been invited to give lectures and run workshops on bioart for artists and/or STEM students.
In 2014, I have co-organised the 3-day biodesign workshop 'BODYWARE: new frontiers of digital technology' in Paris, in order to catalyse collaborations between the industry, scientists and designers.
Over the past years I have been invited to be a guest speaker, moderator and workshop organiser at different interdisciplinary conferences.
I co-supervised the TU Delft iGEM teams of 2015 (Grand Prize winner, 3 prizes, 4 nominations) and 2016 (3 prizes, 1 nomination).
I have participated as a teaching assistant at TU Delft and supervised Bachelor and Master student projects.
Bionanoscience Department, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, TU Delft, The Netherlands
PhD. Degree in Bioengineering -
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer School, USA
CSHL Synthetic Biology
Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences, France
Biotechnology Department, TU Delft
Microbial Physiology and Fermentation Technology Post-Graduate Course
Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), Paris, France
MSc. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences
Lycée Saint-Louis, Paris, France
Classe Préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles - Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics (BCPST)
I am currently based in Paris, France.
I am always open to new exciting opportunities and collaborations, whether it's in science, business, bioart, biodesign or education.
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