We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team spanning bioinformatics, synthetic biology and textiles, as well as business administration, development and management.
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 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 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.
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.
Job title is not reflective; works on aspects of everything covering office, board, facilities, admin, finance, HR purchasing management and everything else in between. Has studied business & finance and voluntary sector management, with project management in the pipeline. Norwich City Football Club season-ticket holder for her sins, Jane likes all colours of the rainbow, but doesn’t look good in yellow, white, beige, purple or orange!
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.
Synthetic and Microbial Biologist
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
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.
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!
Eirini works on the dyeing process, trying different approaches to make every fabric tick. She has a multi-colour background spanning from research in molecular biology and microbiology to science communication and collaboration with artists and designers in projects merging art and science. Eirini has a BSc from University of Thessaly and an MRes from Imperial College London. Her favourite colour is watermelon pink.
Hetty is new to the team and is currently working on assisting with the dyeing process and microbiology support. She has previously worked in medical, pharmaceutical and food microbiology. Hetty has a Bsc from the University of Derby. Her favourite colour is green.
Assistant Laboratory Technician
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.
Chris works in operations and business development at Colorifix. He is an operating partner with Challenger 88, the lead investor in Colorifix. His prior experience includes executive roles in early-stage technology businesses mainly with an environmental and agricultural focus as well as eight years as a venture capital investor. Chris has a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from the University of Oxford. His favourite colour is green.
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.