Claudia Vickers

Adjunct Professor of Synthetic Biology, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Vickers is Chief Scientific Officer at Eden Brew, an animal free dairy company. She has worked in basic and applied R&D in academia, government research, and industry for over 20 years. Professor Vickers’ research focuses on developing sustainable industrial products using bio-based solutions. She works primarily in metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in microbes, but has a background in plant molecular biology, abiotic stress, and applied plant engineering. From 2017-2022, she was Director of CSIRO’s Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform, a highly collaborative cross-disciplinary R&D program aimed at expanding Australia’s synthetic biology capability and building national synthetic biology-based industry. She has represented Australia at numerous international strategy and policy fora (US, Asia-Pacific, OECD, World Economic Forum), and sits on the Scientific Advisory Boards for Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as well as numerous international synthetic biology institutes. She is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Synthetic Biology Global Future Council and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Isoprenoids/Terpenes (TERPNET). She was founding President of Synthetic Biology Australasia and a founding member of the Global Biofoundries Alliance executive. She serves on editorial boards for eight international journals, including as a handing editor for ACS Synthetic Biology. She has Adjunct Professor positions at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

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