Tom Ellis is a reader in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London researching on synthetic biology and synthetic genomes. Before joining Imperial in 2010, he was a PhD at Cambridge and postdoc at Boston University, USA, in one of the field’s founding groups under Prof James J. Collins. Dr Ellis is leader of the UK-funded project to build a synthetic yeast chromosome for the international synthetic yeast project (Sc2.0). He co-leads the teaching of Imperial’s synthetic biology undergraduate module and has supervised 4 of the UK’s most successful iGEM teams. His research focuses on developing the foundational tools for accelerating and automating design-led synthetic biology, focusing on research projects in yeast (S. cerevisiae) and E. coli model organisms, as well as industrially-relevant interesting microbes such as Acetobacter, Geobacillus and Bacillus.