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Engineering Biology in Cambridge



The EngBio IRC is headed by a Leadership Team of two academic co-chairs, a coordinator and assistant. Guidance is provided by a Steering Committee and Advisory Board. A series of subcommittees and working groups support our activities.


Leadership Team

Prof. Laura Machesky


Dr. Jenny Molloy


Dr. Stephanie Norwood

Coordinator and Events Manager

Vicky Reid

Events and Communications Assistant

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee advise the IRC Leadership Team on all aspects of the programme, policy, activities and future directions of the IRC. They also ensure that all communities comprising the Engineering Biology IRC are properly represented and informed.

Members of the Steering Committee



The IRC hosts a number of subcommittees and working groups who help the Leadership Team address specific areas of importance for the IRC. The groups are:

Strategy Board

The IRC Strategy Board works with the IRC Co-Chairs and Coordinator to further develop and implement IRC Strategy including programmes, policies, activities and future directions.

Members of the Strategy Board

Early Career Researcher Committee

The EngBio IRC Early Career Researcher (ECR) Committee aims to support early career researchers working on engineering biology at Cambridge. We support postdocs, PhD and postgraduate students and technical staff.

Members of the Early Career Researcher Committee

Events & Communications Group

The Events and Communications Group advises the Coordinator and Events and Communications Assistant on IRC activities and communications strategies.

Members of the Events & Communications Group

External Partnerships Group

The External Partnerships Group advises the Coordinator on the IRC's relationships with external partners such as industry, policymakers, NGOs and the general publics.

Members of the External Partnerships Group

EngBio Hub Working Group

The EngBio Hub Working Group aims to scope the potential of a physical shared space for Engineering Biology in Cambridge.

Members of the EngBio Hub Working Group


Advisory Board

The Advisory board is tasked with advising the IRC Leadership Team and Steering Committee on all aspects of the programme, policy, activities and future directions of the IRC. In particular to assist the IRC in raising the institutional, national and international profile of Cambridge as a hub for engineering biology research.



The Engineering Biology IRC reports annually to the Research Policy Committee.

Download latest report (2023)

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