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Jim Haseloff

  • PhD
  • Professor of Synthetic Biology
  • University of Cambridge
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  • 7679CitationsNumber of citations received by Jim's publications. Updated daily.

Research interests

Genome engineeringChloroplastsPlant developmentSynthetic Biology


Synthetic Biology is an emerging field that employs engineering principles for constructing genetic systems. The approach is based on the use of well characterised and reusable components, and numerical models for the design of biological circuits. Our lab has constructed tools for controlling gene misexpression and marking specific cells in growing plants. We are building genetic circuits that incorporate intercellular communication, and could be used to generate self-organised behaviour at the cellular scale - Marchantia polymorpha provides a simple system for reprogramming plant morphogenesis and metabolism. (


Co-authors (375)

Recent publications

  • Droplet-based microfluidic analysis and screening of single plant cells

    • Yu Z
    • Boehm C
    • Hibberd J
    • et al.
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  • Programming spatial patterns in bacterial colonies using engineered orthogonal signalling channels

    • Dalchau N
    • Grant P
    • Brown J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Professor of Synthetic Biology

University of Cambridge

March 1999 - Present



University of Adelaide

February 1980 - April 1983(3 years)