Portrait of Dr Simon Moore

Dr Simon Moore

Lecturer in Synthetic Biology


The Moore Lab - Synthetic Biology for Natural Products

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Dr Simon Moore began as a PhD student with Prof Martin Warren (University of Kent), working on tetrapyrrole natural product biosynthesis, the so-called “pigments of life”. Dr Moore elucidated the anaerobic biosynthesis of vitamin B12 and coenzyme F430. In 2013, he joined Imperial College London with Prof Paul Freemont and Prof Karen Polizzi to study the rising field of synthetic biology. During this time, he learned about cell-free transcription-translation (TX-TL) systems. Then, in 2017 he began an independent fellowship (Wellcome Trust ISSF) to study Streptomyces natural products, where he developed the Streptomyces TX-TL system. In 2018, Simon rejoined Kent as a lecturer. He works within the newly emerging synthetic biology for natural products field.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1968-206X

Research interests

Synthetic Biology for Natural Products

Natural product biosynthesis

Cell-free transcription-translation systems



BIOS5010: Gene Expression and its Control (Lecturer)

BIOS6280: Microbial Physiology and Genetics II (Module convenor)


BIOS8510: Advanced Molecular Processing for Biotechnologists and Bioengineers (Lecturer)

BIOS8610/BIOS8630/BIOS8640/BIOS8650/BIOS8690: Research Skills Modules (Module convenor)

BIOS8620: Pathogen Diagnosis, Therapeutics and Vaccines (Lecturer)


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