Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Dr Emanuela Torelli

Senior Research Associate


Emanuela Torelli received her PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Udine, Italy. From 2009 to 2015 she was research assistant, scientist, student tutor and exam committee member at the University of Udine, Italy, where she received the onorary fellow in 'Mycology' and 'Food protection against microorganisms'. She has taught laboratory-project courses and seminars in different topics, and she received the national academic qualification as associate professor from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.

Having collaborated extensively with academics of different Departments, she believe in the importance of thinking beyond narrow academic disciplines and she is drawn to the multidisciplinary approach to research. She is an experienced researcher in the field of biotechnology and synthetic biology, and her recent research is mainly focused on DNA/RNA assembly and nanobiology.

In October 2014 she was visiting scientist at SMILEs Lab, Kaust, Saudi Arabia. In 2015 she obtained a research fellowship at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Currently, she is a member of the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems group (ICOS2), Senior Research Associate and Transitional Fellow (NanoBio Technology) at the Synthetic Biology wet lab.


She is working on Synthetic Portabolomics project (EPSRC, 2016-2022) and on EnDROIDS project (Royal Academy of Engineering, 2020-2030). She is co-investigation in an Innovative UK Grant and in the Destination project (H2020 FET-Open).


She is supervisor of Master students and co-supervisor of PhD students.