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Dr Colin Scott

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CSIRO BioFoundry Director


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As the Director of CSIRO's BioFoundry, I lead a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers who use advanced biological engineering (Engineering Biology/Synthetic Biology) to deliver technological solutions for the most pressing issues facing Australia and the world. I have over 20 years of research experience in chemical biology, engineering biology, and biotechnology, and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Sheffield.

My ambition is to drive innovation and impact in biotechnology for improved environmental and industrial outcomes. I have a strong track record of academic achievement, with publications in Nature stable journals and multiple patents, as well as demonstrable impact, with technologies commercialized or adopted by industry. I am also a highly experienced science leader, with expertise in strategy development and delivery, project management, and mentoring. I am passionate about providing a supportive and collaborative environment for early career researchers, students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Current Roles

  • CSIRO BioFoundry Director
    Leading CSIRO's cutting edge, automated bioengineering facility

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    PhD in Molecular Microbioogy
    University of Sheffield

  • 1996

    BSc (Hon) in Genetics
    University of Aberystwyth

Professional Experiences

  • 2021-2022

    Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform Director

  • 2017-2022

    Research Team Leader

  • 2017-2021

    Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform Executive

  • 2016-2017

    Future Science Platform Director (interim)

  • 2012-2017

    Research Group Leader

  • 2008-2012

    Research Team Leader

  • 2004-2008

    Post-doctoral Research Fellow

  • 2000-2004

    Post-doctoral Research Fellow
    University of Sheffield

Achievements and Awards

  • 2010-2013

    Julius Award

Other highlights

  • 2020-Present

    Adjunct Professor - Queensland University of Technology

  • 2010-Present

    Editor - Biodegradation (Spinger)