Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Research Associate







Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Paul Freemont's group in the Department of Medicine, working as a molecular biologist on a grant called COSY-BIO; this is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. The goal of COSY-BIO (Control Engineering of Biological Systems for Reliable Synthetic Biology Applications) is to develop a theoretical framework and innovative technological tools to engineer reliable and robust biological systems. It is a collaborative project involving research groups in Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK.

My background is in molecular microbiology and genetics, covering both pathogen research (Haemophilus bacteria, trypanosomes) and more recently biotech applications (microalgae).

My Google Scholar page is available here and my ORCID page here.


BA Natural Sciences (Genetics), University of Cambridge

DPhil Molecular Microbiology (Dept. of Paediatrics), University of Oxford

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Young R, Purton S, 2018, CITRIC: cold-inducible translational readthrough in the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using a novel temperature-sensitive transfer RNA, Microbial Cell Factories, Vol:17, ISSN:1475-2859

Young REB, Purton S, 2016, Codon reassignment to facilitate genetic engineering and biocontainment in the chloroplast of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Plant Biotechnology Journal, Vol:14, ISSN:1467-7644, Pages:1251-1260

Young REB, Purton S, 2014, Cytosine deaminase as a negative selectable marker for the microalgal chloroplast: a strategy for the isolation of nuclear mutations that affect chloroplast gene expression, Plant Journal, Vol:80, ISSN:0960-7412, Pages:915-925

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