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Here's who is helping to bring colour to life

Colorifix Team

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Who we are

We are a multi-disciplinary team spanning bioinformatics, fermentation, synthetic biology and textiles, as well as business, sales, communications, and education.

THE TEAM

Meet us

Jim Ajioka

Jim Ajioka

Chief Scientific Officer

Jim is a founder and Chief Science Officer.  Jim has had a life-long passion for the environment, with a PhD in Ecology and Evolution.  At the University of Cambridge, Jim’s background in building tools for molecular genome analysis led to early adoption of synthetic biology methods aimed at the construction of a biosensor as a sustainable method to assess arsenic contamination of drinking water in Nepal and Bangladesh. Jim loves rainbows.

Orr Yarkoni

Orr Yarkoni

CEO

Orr is a founder and Chief Executive Officer.   After his early education in Portugal, Orr did his undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees at Newcastle University, where he studied nanomaterials, biochemistry and synthetic biology. Orr went on to Jim’s lab at the University of Cambridge to apply these skills to the arsenic biosensor project and they spun out a novel and sustainable approach to dyeing textiles. Orr’s favourite colour is purple.

Nicola Snelling

Nicola Snelling

EA

Nicola is Orr and Jim’s assistant.  She just loves to organise and her experience covers a variety of industries including investment banking, insurance, IT, food manufacturing and leadership training.  Now she is enjoying our colourful environment with its focus on helping the planet and links to the fashion world.  Nicola’s favourite colours are in the green and blue spectrums.

Duncan Rowe

Duncan Rowe

Chief Technical Officer

The technical officer oversees the smooth running of the research and innovation at Colorifix. His background is applied biology, industrial microbiology, physiology and genetics with both BSc (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire. Interests include upgrading bio-renewable feedstocks and problem solving using biomimicry and Lifes’ Principles. Currently studying online and part-time for a Masters in Biomimicry at Arizona State University. Favourite colour is blue.

Samantha Hardy

Samantha Hardy

Office Manager

Sam’s role of Office Manager at Colorifix means that she touches on all aspects of office life and is there to fully support the team in any way possible. Her industry background is varied but her last couple of roles have been within the circular economy which she is enjoying learning about. Her favourite colour is Orange but this often changes with the seasons.

George Ball

George Ball

Financial Controller

George oversees all things finance at Colorifix. His pursuit of meaning in work has drawn him to become a Chartered Psychologist as well as a Chartered Accountant, and to be a passionate environmentalist! His favourite colour is yellow.

Alex Ting

Alex Ting

Outreach Manager

Alex helps develop, maintain, and grow the company’s brand, voice, and image. She engages with different stakeholder communities through reporting, communications, and events, and also manages the Colorifix outreach programme (Creative Residency, Coloration Traineeship, and R&D internships). Alex is also involved in developing internal policies and practices around wellbeing and inclusivity. Her favourite colour is probably green.

Mihails Delmans

Mihails Delmans

Head of Informatics

Mihails works on computational and data analysis tools to assist in biological research at Colorifix. He has a background in bioengineering and synthetic biology. For Mihails, selecting a favourite colour is harder than teaching a liquid-handling robot to dance.

Rodolfo Marques

Rodolfo Marques

Computational Biologist

Rodolfo integrates the Computational Biology team at Colorifix, assisting the development of computational tools that support colour research. Rodolfo has a background in bioprocess engineering and has worked in the interface of fermentation technology, Systems biology and Synthetic biology for the development of cell factories. Currently, Rodolfo is using his passion for technology and the environment to teach bugs new colours. His favourite colour is Teal.

Paula Fernandez

Paula Fernandez

DevOps Engineer

Paula works in the Informatics department, trying to improve team collaboration and efficiency by implementing good software development practices and automating the testing and deployment processes, as well as anything else that can be automated. Her background as Development Manager and Product Owner is in the Telecommunications Industry but she thinks Bioengineering is far more interesting. She has a Mathematics degree and her favourite colour is red, though most of her clothes are actually blue.

Helena Saunders

Helena Saunders

Bioinformatician

Helena develops the bioinformatics pipelines for colour research at Colorifix. Her multi-disciplinary background has allowed her to work on a wide range of research and consulting projects in and outside of the UK. She is passionate about using computational tools to guide experimental research, about metabolic engineering and environmental sustainability. Her favourite colour is indigo.

Sobia Khalid

Sobia Khalid

Frontend Developer

Sobia works in the Informatics team. Her main tasks are related to designing and development of software and visualisations of data to assist scientists in biological research. Her background includes frontend development and data analysis and pipeline development. She has worked in various tech companies ranging from startups to unicorns and has a Computer Science degree from IBA, Karachi. Her favourite colour is rose gold.

Neil Williamson

Neil Williamson

Head of Microbial Engineering

Neil works on strain development in Colorifix. Neil has previously worked in both industry in drug discovery setting and in academia. Neil has published over 27 publications covering the fields of environmental biology, biosynthesis and regulation of natural products and cell biology. Neil’s favorite colour is red.

Margarida Morais de Carvalho

Margarida Morais de Carvalho

Senior Synthetic and Microbial Biologist

Margarida works in colour development at Colorifix. Her research has been focused on the development of microbial processes with impact in the biotechnology industry, from specialty chemicals to recombinant proteins. Margarida’s background includes molecular biology, bioprocess engineering and analytical chemistry. She has a BSc in Biotechnology and a PhD (Hons) in Sustainable Chemistry from NOVA University of Lisbon. Her favourite colour is mint.

Sophie Vaud

Sophie Vaud

Senior Synthetic and Microbial Biologist

Sophie works in strain and enzyme engineering at Colorifix. She has a PhD in Synthetic Biology from the University of Nottingham. Her interests include genetic engineering, strain development and microbial fermentation applied to environmentally-friendly bioprocesses. Her favourite colour is navy blue, because she secretly dreams of a sailing lab!

Alicia Russell

Alicia Russell

Senior Research Assistant

Alicia works in the microbial engineering team assisting with the development and expression of colour pathways. Alicia has a background in microbial natural products research, with a PhD in molecular microbiology from the John Innes Centre and an MBio from the University of Warwick. Her favourite colour is pink.

Charlie Gilbert

Charlie Gilbert

Research Scientist

Charlie works in the microbial engineering team at Colorifix. He obtained his PhD in synthetic biology at Imperial College London and worked as a postdoc at the University of Cambridge before joining Colorifix. He works on developing genetic tools to make engineering colourful microbes a breeze. His favourite colour is more context-dependent than a genetic circuit.

Kate Tibbles

Kate Tibbles

Research Scientist

Kate works in the microbial engineering team Colorifix, developing microbes to be a good base for making pigments. She has a PhD in systems biology from Warwick University, and worked as a postdoc in Germany before moving to a role in industry as a research scientist. She has experience in microbiology, metabolic engineering and strain development. Her favourite colour is dark green.

Mark Eldridge

Mark Eldridge

Research Scientist

Mark works in the microbial engineering team at Colorifix. He trained as a medical doctor at the University of Cambridge, with an intercalated BA in Microbiology, Parasitology and Virology. After working as a doctor for 2 years, Mark has now focused his passion for problem-solving towards improving the properties of our dyes. He changes his favourite colour more frequently than his waistcoats.

Charlotte Green

Charlotte Green

Fermentation Scientist

Charlotte is a Fermentation Scientist within the microbial engineering team. She grows colourful microbes in fermenters to help move our processes from bench to business scale. Before joining Colorifix, Charlotte obtained a PhD in synthetic biology from The University of Sheffield, before turning her hand to fermentation as a postdoc at The University of Nottingham. She loves to work in interdisciplinary teams and is a big fan of all things sustainable. Being Green by name and nature, her favourite colour is most definitely green.

James Coxon

James Coxon

Research Scientist

James works in the microbial engineering team at Colorifix, developing strategies to improve pigment production and deposition. He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he created new biosensor technologies with Microsoft Research and obtained a Masters in Systems Biology beforehand. His favourite colour is orange, but only in small quantities!

Rob Baker

Rob Baker

Laboratory Manager

Rob focuses on supporting the team by carrying out a variety of lab duties such as making growth media, sterilising instruments and maintaining inventories. Whilst originally training as a physio, Rob feels the decision to substitute working with people to working with bugs was an easy one. He is now working hard to educate himself further in this area. His favourite colour is red.

Qiaoyi Wang

Qiaoyi Wang

Material Scientist

Qiaoyi works on the optimisation of Colorifix dyeing technique for different materials and the development of new process to expand the application of Colorifix pigments. She has an interdisciplinary background, with a BEng in Textile Engineering, an MSc in Biomaterials, and a PhD focusing on the development of antimicrobial textiles. Her favourite colour is forest green.

Hetty Curtis

Hetty Curtis

Coloration Team Lead

Hetty is the Team Leader of the Coloration Laboratory. She has previously worked in medical, pharmaceutical and food microbiology. Hetty has a Bsc from the University of Derby. Her favourite colour is green.

Georgia Lorenzen

Georgia Lorenzen

Laboratory Technician

Georgia works as a laboratory technician within the dyeing and analytics teams, as well as supporting the business development team with social media and communications. She has previously worked in medical microbiology and science communication. She has a degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Leeds and her favourite colour is blue.

Sami Sciuto

Sami Sciuto

Laboratory Technician

Sami has recently joined Colorifix and works as a laboratory technician in the dyeing and quality management teams. After completing her BSc at the University of Derby in 2017 she worked in Analytical Chemistry for a year before undertaking her own research focusing on the ecological implications of environmental changes on insect competition. Sami’s favourite colour is either lime green or orange, the brighter the better!

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

Chief Operating Officer

Chris works in business administration and operations at Colorifix as well as developing and managing key stakeholder relationships. He joined via SAGANA and previously worked in early-stage companies and as a VC investor. He is a trustee of two environmental charities – the Belu Foundation and the SEM Charitable Trust. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA from Pomona College. His favourite colour is green.

Pinar Ademoglu

Pinar Ademoglu

Operating Partner

Pinar works in strategic growth areas at Colorifix. She is an operating partner with SAGANA, the lead investor in Colorifix. She has 8+ years in management and operational consulting, covering topics of strategy, sales growth, due diligence and supply chain management. She has a BSc from Columbia University in Operations Research and Engineering Management Systems and an MBA from INSEAD. Her favourite colour is red.

Rui Sa

Rui Sa

Head of Business Implementation

Rui works in business development at Colorifix. With more than 20 years of experience working as a developer and merchandiser for big global & European brands. Rui has a background in textile structures, processing and problem-solving. His favourite colour is dark blue.

Georgie Gilmore

Georgie Gilmore

Commercialisation Manager

Georgie works in business development at Colorifix. Her experience is in product development, working with a number of the world’s most reputable luxury brands and suppliers. Georgie has a BA (Hons) in Textile Design from Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London. Her favorite colour is royal blue.

Miriam Prat Gutierrez

Miriam Prat Gutierrez

Business Development

Miriam works in Business Development at Colorifix. Her background is in Fashion Design, Haute Couture and Business and she holds an MBA in Fashion Management. Her Bachelor’s thesis led her to represent her University in 3 international Fashion Contests, winning the Arts of Fashion Competition in San Francisco, California in 2017. That allowed her to exhibit her work in the prestigious Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Her favourite colour is Burgundy. 

Fernanda Farias

Fernanda Farias

Bioprocess Engineer

Fernanda works on fermentation and technology implementation at Colorifix. She has a background in product development, technology transfer and has worked previously on process optimisation in the biotechnology industry. Fernanda is a bioprocess engineer with a masters degree in biochemistry and specialisation in data science from the Brazilian Federal University of Paraná. Fernanda likes the whole rainbow, especially the turquoise green color.

Raj Patil

Raj Patil

Fermentation Specialist

Raj works on fermentation and technology implementation at Colorifix. With a Masters in Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology from Newcastle University, Raj brings 12 years of industrial experience encompassing cell biology and microbial physiology, including bioreactor design and operation within bioprocess technology. He has held scientific and technical leadership roles with multinational organisations including Sartorius, Benchmark Vaccines, INVISTA, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories and Phico Therapeutics. His favourite colour is all shades of Blue.

Adrian Butt

Adrian Butt

GMO Specialist

Adrian’s role is to assist clients apply for licenses to work with the microorganisms developed by Colorifix to produce, fix and deposit pigments onto fabrics. He has a scientific background in genetics (PhD University of Nottingham) and experience of working in central government in ministries for environment, trade and industry, and climate change. Interests include nature and environmental sustainability. Favourite colour is blue.

David Callaghan

David Callaghan

Head of Coloration

Dave is the Head of the Coloration Team and dyehouse manager and is responsible for the set-up and management of our Cambridge site. The textile industry has been his lifetime vocation and this has taken him to many different countries around the world.

As an experienced colourist, Dave sees colour in their own reflective values and could not possibly select a favourite.

Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Dyeing Machine Technician

Graham has joined Colorifix as a Dyeing Machine Technician. He is responsible for operating the various Dyeing machines at the new Cambridge Dyehouse. This will give the business the flexibility to produce sample and small bulk dyelot’s of different garments and fabrics using their unique processes.

Graham has spent 35 years in the UK Coloration industry and has most recently been Head of Production for a silk dyeing and weaving company. He has gained the professional qualification, “Licentiate of the Society of Dyers and Colourists’ from De Montfort University. His favourite colour is Royal Blue.

 

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