Imperial College London

Guy-Bart Stan

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Professor of BioSystems Engineering & Control



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Prof Guy-Bart Stan is Head of the Control Engineering Synthetic Biology group, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies, Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology and Deputy Director of the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering.

Guy-Bart’s research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.

His personal website with various additional information is available here.



There are always positions available for excellent prospective PhD students and postdoctoral staff. Please contact Dr Stan directly if you wish to apply for a position in the area of biological systems design and control and/or synthetic biology.

Information about openings in the the Stan Group is available here.

Joining as a PostDoctoral Research Associate

If you are a highly motivated and dynamic postdoctoral researcher with experience in synthetic biology, biomathematics, biophysics, or modelling and control of biological systems and you are looking to join us, please email us with your CV. 


Information about competitive PostDoctoral Fellowships is available hereafter.

If you would like to apply for a PostDoctoral Fellowship to work in my group, this list of PostDoctoral Fellowships might be useful. We are also welcoming and supporting outstanding postdocs applying for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. Please contact me if you are interested.

Additionally, if you want to conduct your own research, which is aligned with the core research work in my group, I can sponsor you for an Imperial College Research Fellowship for 4 years. Imperial College's prestigious Research Fellowships financially supports the brightest and very best early career researchers from across the world, providing a level of commitment and support that is rare from a UK university.

Joining as a PhD student

Competitive PhD Scholarship

Prospective PhD students should be aware of the following Imperial College PhD scholarship schemes:

Information about the PhD programme in the Department of Bioengineering can be found here. For general information on the tuition fees and cost of living in London, please read this link. For other sources of PhD funding you can also have a look here and here (BioEngineering funding) and here (fees and funding).

Please check how to apply and the entry requirements carefully before applying.

For support of research-related travel expenses you can check this link.

Our group

 The webpage of my group is available from this link: Control Engineering Synthetic Biology group

Research papers

Want to download our papers? This can be done from our research webpage.

Short Biography

Prof Guy-Bart Stan obtained his PhD in Applied Sciences (Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Control) from the University of Liege, Belgium under the supervision of Rodolphe Sepulchre. His thesis dealt with the global analysis and synthesis of limit cycle oscillations in networks of interconnected nonlinear dynamical systems, and with the global synchronisation of oscillations in such networks. The obtained results are based upon a generalisation of dissipativity theory to the global asymptotic stability analysis of limit cycles, both in isolated and interconnected nonlinear dynamical systems. The proposed approach allows a generalisation of the feedback oscilation mechanisms observed in the Van der Pol and Fitzhugh-Nagumo oscillator to higher dimensional systems.

From July to September 2018, he was an invited Professor at the Department of BioSystems Sciences and Engineering at ETH Zurich (invited by Professors Mustafa Khammash and Martin Fussenegger). From August to September 2015, he was an invited Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Synthetic Biology at MIT (invited by Professors Domitilla del Vecchio and Ron Weiss). From July to September 2008, he was an invited visiting scientist at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT (invited by Professor Munther Dahleh). From June to August 2004, he was an invited visiting Ph.D. researcher at the "Laboratoire d'Automatique de Grenoble", GISPA-lab, INPG-ENSIEG, Grenoble, France (invited by Professor Carlos Canudas-de-Wit).

From January 2006 until December 2009, Dr Stan worked as a Research Associate in the Control Group of the University of Cambridge (U.K.) with support from EPSRC (EP/E02761X/1) (previously support from a European Commission FP6 Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship (EIF-FP6 025509 GASO)). From June to December 2005, he worked as Senior DSP Engineer at Philips Applied Technologies (now Philips Research), Leuven, Belgium. Until May 2005, he worked in the Nonlinear Systems and Control group at the Systems and Modeling department of the University of Liège with F.N.R.S. (Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research) support.

A more detailed C.V. can be downloaded from here.

Research interests

Dr Stan main research interests are in the areas of Synthetic and Systems Biology, Analysis and Design of Complex Biological Networks, and Nonlinear Systems Analysis and Control.

More details about these research topics and the related publications can be found on our current projects short descriptions and on my research webpage.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Oyarzún DA, Stan GB, 2012, Synthetic gene circuits for metabolic control: design tradeoffs and constraints, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol:10

Dalchau N, Baek SJ, Briggs HM, et al., 2011, The circadian oscillator gene GIGANTEA mediates a long-term response of the Arabidopsis thaliana circadian clock to sucrose, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:108, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:5104-5109

Dalchau N, Hubbard KE, Robertson FC, et al., 2010, Correct biological timing in Arabidopsis requires multiple light-signaling pathways, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:13171-13176

Stan G-B, Belmudes F, Fonteneau R, et al., 2008, Modelling the influence of activation-induced apoptosis of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cells on the immune system response of a HIV-infected patient, IET Systems Biology, Vol:2, ISSN:1751-8849, Pages:94-102

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