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Metabolomics Specialist and Facility Manager of EdinOmics, Center for Engineering Biology, The University of Edinburgh

Tessa obtained her PhD in Biotechnology from the lab of Prof. Alain Goossens, University of Ghent, Belgium in 2012 on the metabolic engineering of plants and yeast for the production of triterpenoid saponin building blocks. She was a postdoctoral scientist in the group of Prof. Anne Osbourn, John Innes Centre until 2015 where she worked on exploiting the syntegron technology platform for the assembly and optimisation of complex genetic ensembles, in particular the development of a triterpenoid biosensor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. She obtained a Special Research Fund (BOF) from the University of Ghent, Belgium in 2015 to work as a doctoral assistant with research activities on the engineering of yeast for the screening and sustainable production of high-value pharmaceutical and pesticidal triterpenoids. Tessa joined the University of Edinburgh in 2017 as a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Susan Rosser to develop a yeast platform for saponin production with applications in home and personal care products. She has extensively used metabolomics in her synthetic biology projects with expertise in the analysis of specialized small molecule natural products. She joined EdinOmics (RRID:SCR_021838) as the Metabolomics Specialist and Facility Manager in 2019. She manages a small team in EdinOmics providing metabolomics and proteomics services to academics and industry. She has over 30 publications with an H-index of 17, supervises 3 PhD students, is visiting faculty for the Gujarat Biotechnology University, India and is associate editor for Frontiers in Plant Science - Metabolism and Chemodiversity.

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