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EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future



Dr Jenny Molloy is a Shuttleworth Fellow at the University of Cambridge, studying the role and impact of open approaches to intellectual property for a sustainable and equitable bioeconomy.  She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Since 2015 she has co-founded four social enterprises and nonprofits making open source tools more accessible to researchers and building communities for open source tool developers.

Since 2020 she is Chair of the Diagnostics Subgroup of the UN Technology Access Partnership and the incoming World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Synthetic Biology Fellow 2020-21.


Dr Molloy researches the potential for local, distributed manufacturing of enzymes to improve access and build capacity for biological research and innovation. This work combines technical development using synthetic biology-based platform technologies with qualitative research on challenges faced by molecular biologists globally through interviews and case studies. A major focus of the research is on local manufacturing of foundational biotechnology tools such as DNA polymerases. The applications of this research can increase access to tools for diagnostics (SDG3, “Good health and well-being”) and underpin the development of biotechnology industries and a bioeconomy (SDG9, “Industry, innovation and infrastructure”).  


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Publications and a project list can be found at the Open Bioeconomy Lab website

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