The Cambridge BioDesign Forum 2012

26th & 27th September, Cambridge, UK

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Fernan Federici
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Fernan Federici is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge working in the area of Synthetic Biology. He started his career studying two years of Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Mendoza, Argentina) and then moved to Chile to obtain an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology. After working for a year in the Alvarez-Buylla lab at UNAM (Mexico), he moved to England to do a PhD in Biological Sciences at Cambridge.

Fernan is currently working in a project entitled “The Programmable Rhizosphere”. This project, coordinated by Dr Haseloff (Cambridge) and Dr Wipat (Newcastle), seeks to design artificial plant-microbe communication and self-organization. Fernan is focused on how cellular circuits in plant cells can be designed to self-organise and interact with adjacent plant cells and bacteria in a predictable and robust fashion.