Prof. Alfonso Jaramillo is the group leader of the Synth-Bio group at the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology (Genopole-Universite d'Evry Val d'Essonne-CNRS), where he holds a tenured research position (CR1-CNRS) since 2009.
He received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Valencia (1999) and a Habilitation (biology) in 2007 from the U. Paris Sud XI (Orsay, France). He conducted postdoctoral research in computational biology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1999-2002), Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (2002) and Harvard University (2003). In September 2003 he joined the biochemistry faculty of the Ecole Polytechnique as Maitre de Conferences, where he got tenured in 2005. He is qualified for French full Professorship in Biophysics and in Molecular Biology sections (2007).
He has published 47 refereed articles and conference proceedings. He has coordinated several international consortia, in particular the FP6 STREP in Synthetic Biology (BioModularH2, 2M Euros). He is P.I. in the FP6-NEST-EMERGENCE, FP7-KBBE-TARPOL, FP7-ICT-BACTOCOM (he is the scientific coordinator) and FP7-ICT-CADMAD European projects within Synthetic Biology. He has had visiting appointments at U. of Toronto and Polytechnic U. of Valencia. He is member of the UK networks in Synthetic Biology SynBioNT and MATEs (BBSRC-EPSRC-ESRC) and the European Network in Systems Biology (MPG, Germany and CNRS, France).
He is member of the editorial board of the journals: IET Synthetic Biology (2007-2009), International Journal of Systems and Synthetic Biology (Serials Publications), IET Systems Biology, the Journal of Biological Engineering, and guest editor of special issues in the journals Systems and Synthetic Biology (2010) and Biotechnology Journal (2009 and 2011). He has been reviewer for a large number of journals (in the fields of biotechnology, bioinformatics, protein engineering, systems and synthetic biology) and foreign funding agencies: Eurocores, EPSRC & BBSRC (UK), NSF (USA), ISF (Israel), FNS (Switzerland), FCT (Portugal), MEC (Spain), NOW (Netherlands) and OTKA (Hungary).
His research interests involve several aspects of design of biological networks and synthetic biology, including protein and enzyme design, RNA networks, gene networks, metabolic engineering and systems biology. His group consists of 4 PhD students, 3 postdocs, 1 technician and 1 project manager.Additionnal information is available here.