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School of the Biological Sciences



Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences

Nicola Patron uses engineering approaches to understand biological complexity and advance plant biotechnology, and is focussed on understanding how quantitative plant phenotypes emerge from network functions and exploring and utilising metabolic diversity.

Research Areas

Synthetic Biology
Gene-regulatory networks
Natural products
Specialised metabolism
Plant biotechnology


Synthetic genetic circuits
Genome engineering
Gene expression analysis
Metabolic profiling
Bioactivity assays

Areas for Collaboration

Natural product bioactivity/pharmacology
Enzyme engineering
Network modelling


Research Theme