J.L. Faulon is a senior research director at the French National Institute for Agronomical Research (INRA) and also a Professor in Synthetic Biology at the University of Manchester. He is the founder and co-director of a CNRS nation-wide research network in Synthetic Biology. In the past, he has been the director of the Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology in France (2009-2015) and a distinguished research scientist at the US DOE Sandia National Laboratories (1995-2008).
For most of his career, he has been leading interdisciplinary research in synthetic biology and computational biology. He is renowned for his work on computer-aided design and in particular for the applications of retrosynthesis in synthetic biology. Originally developed in the context of metabolic engineering, the computational tools and experimental validation protocols developed by his research group are now used to engineer biosensors in whole-cell and cell-free systems for disease biomarkers detection.