Thomas Gorochowski

Royal Society University Research Fellow / Associate Professor

Current Appointments:
2017–now Royal Society University Research Fellow
2021–now Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute, London
2019–now Co-Director, Bristol BioDesign Specialist Research Institute
2022–now Co-Director, Bristol Centre for Engineering Biology
2022–now Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

Previous Appointments:
2016–17 BrisSynBio Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK
2014–15 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Synthetic Biology Centre, Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2012–14 Marie Skłodwska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Scientist, DSM Biotechnology Centre, Delft, The Netherlands
2004–07 Technology Consultant, Information Management Services, Accenture Ltd., London, UK

PhD Engineering Mathematics, University of Bristol, 2012
MRes Complexity Sciences, University of Bristol, 2009
MEng Computer Science, University of Warwick, 2004

Twitter: @chofski

GitHub: chofski

Interests: synthetic biology, genetic circuits, biocomputation, visualisation, complex systems


Thomas Gorochowski is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK. His lab focuses on better understanding the computational architecture of living systems to enable their effective reprogramming as a basis for adaptive living materials, new forms of cellular living computer, and environmental applications.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, he was awarded a Marie Skłodwska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at DSM in the Netherlands where he worked on large-scale automated strain development for precision gene expression in bacteria. He then joined the Synthetic Biology Centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA as a Postdoctoral Associate where he helped develop the initial sequencing analysis pipelines that form part of the large-scale efforts at the MIT-Broad Foundry for Synthetic Biology and explored new ways that deep-sequencing could be harnessed for bioengineering. This led to the creation of the first sequencing-based ‘genetic debugger’ that enables the rapid diagnosis of faults in large circuits and simultaneous characterization of many genetic parts in situ. In 2016, he was awarded a BrisSynBio Fellowship to set up his own lab at the University of Bristol, in 2017 he received a 5-year Royal Society University Fellowship to grow his research programme further, and in 2021 was made a Turing Fellow of The Alan Turing Institue to explore data-centric approaches to biological design.

Since returning to Bristol he has rapidly established a diverse research group pioneering the application of novel sequencing methods for the rational engineering of biological systems. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and he provides leadership as Co-Director of the University of Bristol’s BioDesign Specialist Research Institute, Co-Director of the UKRI-funded Bristol Centre for Engineering Biology, as a Core Member of the UKRI-BBSRC ‘Transformative Technologies Strategy Advisory Panel’, as part of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), and SBOL Visual representative for COMBINE. He also has established innovative public engagement activities such as the ‘Become a Biological Engineer’ to bring bioengineering into the classroom and demonstrate cuting edge science to all students, no matter their background.