Ciaran Kelly

Research interests

Overall Research Interests:

My aim is to be a leader in harnessing the enormous power of Synthetic Biology approaches and technologies to tackle the many enormous crises facing the planet. I believe that we are now on the cusp of developing biotechnologies that can solve issues such as food and energy provision for a growing global population, and the related problems of unsustainable production and use of fertilisers, and catastrophic greenhouse gas emissions. It is my vision and goal to contribute to a sustainable industrial revolution, where waste is viewed as a valuable commodity, and thus converted through synthetic biology, into value products at high yields and in commercially-attractive processes.

Specific Projects:

  1. I'm interested in constructing synthetic regulation so that we can reliably engineer complex metabolic pathways in industrially-relevant organsms to enable sustainable production of high-value chemicals.
  2. I'm also interested in using small bacterial RNAs (sRNAs) as both synthetic biology tools and as novel antimicrobial therapeutics.

Collaborations:

I am very keen to collaborate with companies on ways to engineer organisms for the reliable scaling-up of bioproduction, as well as companies interested in developing novel antimicrobial approaches using Synthetic Biology. Please get in touch at ciaran.l.kelly@northumbria.ac.uk

Students and Visiting Researchers:

I am always open to hosting undergraduate students for summer placements and visiting researchers for short-term collaborative projects. Studentships are available that we can apply for to host you, but please get in touch as early as possible. Please get in touch at ciaran.l.kelly@northumbria.ac.uk

ORCID

0000-0002-2263-5176

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Molecular Biology

    Synthetic Biology Approaches to Biohydrogen Production in Escherichia coli

    1 Dec 2009 - 30 Sep 2013