Imperial College London

Professor Kitney

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Professor of BioMedical Systems Engineering



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Richard Ian Kitney OBE, FREng, FRSE, DSc (Eng), FCGI   

Kitney is Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering; Chairman of the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology; and Co-Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation.  He was Founding Head of the Department of Bioengineering, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He Chaired The Royal Academy of Engineering Inquiry into Synthetic Biology . Kitney is a member of the Ministerial Leadership Council for Synthetic Biology and was one of the main authors of the UK Roadmap for Synthetic Biology Kitney is recognised as a leading research worker in the field of synthetic biology and, with Professor Paul Freemont, has been responsible for developing the Imperial College Hub for Synthetic Biology which is now recognised as one of the leading international centres in the field. In 2013, they were successful in winning the national competition to establish the UK national industrial translation centre for synthetic biology - SynbiCITE Kitney has published over 300 papers in the fields of synthetic biology, mathematical modelling, biomedical information systems, and medical imaging and has worked extensively in and with industry. Kitney was made a Fellow of the World Technology Network in 1999 for his innovative work in the fields of health and medicine.  He was made an Academician of the International Academy of BioMedical Engineering in September 2003 (this is the highest honour bestowed by the International Federation of BioMedical Engineering Societies). He is also a Fellow of AIMBE, the America Academy of BioMedical Engineering. In 2006 he was made an Honorary Fellow of both The Royal College of Physicians and The Royal College of Surgeons. 

In June 2001, Professor Kitney was awarded The Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Information Technology in Biomedicine. 

Co-Director and PI of the Imperial College Synthetic Biology Hub CsynBI

Richard’s research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar

Academic Qualifications

Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering

Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

DSc (Eng) University of London

PhD Electrical Engineering- Imperial College

CEng, FIEE –  Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers

CSci - Chartered Scientist

Fellow of the International Academy of BioMedical Engineering (50 Fellows Worldwide)

Fellow of the Americain Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons (Hon)

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Hon)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Media Appearances and Public Engagement

Professor Kitney is a regular contributor to radio programmes and has also appeared on television. He gives regular public lectures and undertakes other forms of public engagement, including talks at school science clubs.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Tay D, Poh CL, Goh C, et al., 2014, A biological continuum based approach for efficient clinical classification, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Vol:47, ISSN:1532-0464, Pages:28-38

Yang X, Han R, Guo Y, et al., 2012, Modelling and performance analysis of clinical pathways using the stochastic process algebra PEPA, BMC Bioinformatics, Vol:13, ISSN:1471-2105

Kitney R, Freemont P, 2012, Synthetic biology - the state of play, FEBS Letters, Vol:586, ISSN:0014-5793, Pages:2029-2036

Wang B, Kitney RI, Joly N, et al., 2011, Engineering modular and orthogonal genetic logic gates for robust digital-like synthetic biology, Nature Communications, Vol:2:508

MacDonald JT, Barnes C, Kitney RI, et al., 2011, Computational design approaches and tools for synthetic biology, Integrative Biology, Vol:3, ISSN:1757-9694, Pages:97-108

Poh C-L, Kitney RI, Akhtar S, 2009, Web-Based Multilayer Viewing Interface for Knee Cartilage, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, Vol:13, ISSN:1089-7771, Pages:546-553


Tay D, Poh CL, Goh C, et al., 2013, An Evolutionary Data-Conscious Artificial Immune Recognition System, 15th Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), Pages:1101-1108


Kitney RI, 2009, Synthetic Biology: scope, applications and implications, Synthetic biology: scope, applications and implications, The Royal Academy of Engineering

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