By applying the principles of engineering to biology, the Patron group designs genetic circuits and recodes genomes to probe the function of specific DNA sequences and to program cells and organisms to accurately perform new tasks. Our lab is interested in understanding how gene regulatory sequences function and evolve. We use genomic and synthetic biology approaches and are applying our knowledge to develop synthetic genetic networks for pathway and genome engineering in photosynthetic organisms. We are also interested in the complex questions of access and ownership that surround genetic sequences, biomolecules and biotechnologies. In that capacity, we work with several international organisations to investigate how access models to data, knowledge and technologies affect our ability to address global challenges. Our research lab is located at the Earlham Institute and benefits from close association with the Earlham DNA Foundry and the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre.