Meet the Team

Dr Simon Moore - Lecturer in Synthetic Biology

Dr Simon Moore began as a PhD student with Prof Martin Warren (University of Kent), working on tetrapyrrole natural product biosynthesis, the so-called “pigments of life”. Dr Moore elucidated the anaerobic biosynthesis of vitamin B12 and coenzyme F430. In 2013, he joined Imperial College London with Prof Paul Freemont and Prof Karen Polizzi to study the rising field of synthetic biology. During this time, he learned about cell-free transcription-translation (TX-TL) systems. Then, in 2017 he began an independent fellowship (Wellcome Trust ISSF) to study Streptomyces natural products, where he developed the Streptomyces TX-TL system. In 2018, Simon rejoined Kent as a lecturer. He works within the newly emerging synthetic biology for natural products field.

Dr Lakshmeesha Nagappa - PDRA

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust and co-supervised by Dr Tobias von der Haar (Kent)


Miss Agata Kennedy (former Lesniewska) - PhD student

Kent Graduate Training Assistant


Miss Kameshwari Chengan - PhD student

GCRF funded and co-supervised by Prof Mark Smales


Kent alumni

Mr Erick Gomes Oliviera - PhD Microbiology BBSRC SoCoBio (Feb-May 2022)

Mr Josh Harman - MSc Microbiology (2020-2021)

Dr Sarah Blackburn - Research assistant, Wellcome Trust (2019-2021)

Mr Seth Coode - MSc Biochemistry (2019-2020)

Mr Samuel Jones - MSc Biochemistry (2019-2020)

Miss Katie Latham - Stacey Fund summer student (2019)


Former supervision – Imperial College London

Dr Hung-En Lai - PhD Biochemistry (2016-2019)

Ms Hajel Mistry - MSc Applied Biosciences & Biotechnology (2018)

Ms Asha Adde - MRes Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (2018)

Mr Alexander Duggan - MRes Systems and Synthetic Biology (2017)

Mr Hannah Needham - MSc Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (2017)