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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

 

I study the role and impact of open approaches to Intellectual Property for a Sustainable and Equitable Bioeconomy. My work focuses on better understanding problems facing researchers accessing biological research tools in low-resource contexts, particularly Latin America and Africa. My team develops innovative technologies for local, distributed manufacturing of enzymes to improve access and build capacity for biological research. The broader aim of my research is to contextualize “open source” approaches to biotechnology within current narratives of innovation and the bioeconomy policy agenda.

 

Biography

I hold an MA (Natural Sciences) from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil (Zoology) from the University of Oxford where I researched genetic control of dengue mosquitoes through a BBSRC iCASE studentship supported by Oxitec Ltd. From 2015-2018 I coordinated the University of Cambridge Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative and the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre. In 2018 I was awarded a Shuttleworth Fellowship to pursue my interests in open source in the bioeconomy and develop biotechnology tools that enable research and innovation to happen in resource-constrained contexts.

Research

Synthetic Biology

Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology group

I study the role and impact of open approaches to Intellectual Property for a Sustainable and Equitable Bioeconomy. My work focuses on better understanding problems facing researchers accessing biological research tools in low-resource contexts, particularly Latin America and Africa. My team develops innovative technologies for local, distributed manufacturing of enzymes to improve access and build capacity for biological research. The broader aim of my research is to contextualize “open source” approaches to biotechnology within current narratives of innovation and the bioeconomy policy agenda.

 

Publications

Key publications: 

Kahl, L., Molloy, J., Patron, N., Matthewman, C., Haseloff, J., Grewal, D., Johnson, R. and Endy, D., 2018. Opening options for material transfer. Nat Biotechnol36, p.923.

Molloy, J.C., Sommer, U., Viant, M.R. and Sinkins, S.P., 2016. Wolbachia modulates lipid metabolism in Aedes albopictus mosquito cells. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.82(10), pp.3109-3120.

Molloy, J. and Sinkins, S., 2015. Wolbachia do not induce reactive oxygen species-dependent immune pathway activation in Aedes albopictus. Viruses7(8), pp.4624-4639.

Other Professional Activities

I am a Founder of the Global Open Science Hardware Community (GOSH, a global community for those developing, using and studiying open source approaches to scientific instrumentation), Beneficial Bio Ltd (a non-profit company setting up distribution and manufacturing channels for biological reagents in Africa and Latin America) and Biomakespace Ltd (a non-profit community laboratory where interested individuals and startups in Cambridge can engineer with biology, together).

Shuttleworth Research Fellow
Jenny Molloy

Contact Details

Room 4.18, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Philippa Fawcett Drive
Cambridge
CB3 0AS