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Nikolai Windbichler
Nikolai did his PhD in Vienna, working on the molecular biology of small RNA molecules from bacteria and viruses. For his post-doc years he moved to London in 2006 to the lab of Andrea Crisanti to work on genetic control of the human malaria mosquito. He continues to follow his interest to develop synthetic gene-machines to control insect pests and to improve the tools that allow us to manipulate and re-engineer complex genomes with precision.

Andrew Waters
Andrew did a degree in Biochemistry at The University of Bath. He then did a PhD in Genetics at The University of Edinburgh, where he focused on the molecular control of Programmed Cell Death during plant development. During his PhD he worked at The University of Zürich and for The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (within the UK Government Office for Science). His research involves using synthetic biology tools to engineer artificial hybridization barriers in Drosophila melanogaster and Anopheles gambiae.

Manjunatha Kogenaru
Manjunatha pursued a PhD in protein evolution by engineering synthetic protein domains from protein fragments, at Max-Planck Institute in the lab of Prof. Andrei Lupas. He continued his interest on evolution, by studying small synthetic gene regulatory networks, at FOM-Institute AMOLF, in the lab of Prof. Sander Tans. He later moved to the group of Dr. Mark Isalan to rewire gene networks and develop molecular genetic tools to control gene expression, by engineering synthetic transcription factors, at EMBL-CRG Systems Biology. He is continuing his research on rewiring of gene networks at Imperial.

Alexander Nash
Alex undertook his bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Imperial College, before returning as a 1+3 PhD student, in the Windbichler and Gilestro research groups. He is currently pursuing an MRes degree in Systems and Synthetic Biology, looking to engineer self-editing CRISPR systems. Alex aims to develop new synthetic devices to study transcription in-vivo using the fly as a model.

Nathan Dennison
Nathan completed his undergraduate degree in genetics at the University of Manchester in 2007. He first started working with mosquitoes during an MRes at Keele and Stockholm University, studying the microbiota of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes. Following this he started a PhD at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 2009, where he studied the genetics of sex determination in mosquitoes, identifying a male determining factor. He then undertook a Postdoctoral position in the Dimopoulos Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, where he characterised the role of miRNAs in the immune response of A. gambiae to Plasmodium parasites. He started working as a Research Associate at Imperial College in November 2014 with Nikolai Windbichler and Mara Lawniczak and my projects include the genetics of hybrid incompatibility in the A. gambiae complex and utilising CRISPR mediated germline modifications to study gene function.

Paolo Capriotti
Paolo received his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and has an MSc in “Reproductive and Developmental Biotechnology” from the University of Teramo in Italy. His research involves using synthetic biology tools to engineer artificial hybridization barriers in Drosophila melanogaster and Anopheles gambiae. He is also a diehard fan of Juventus F.C. the Vecchia Signora!