Timothy Rudge

Timothy Rudge

Professor Rudge studied Mechatronics and Computer Vision before spending several years as a research associate in Computational Biology, modelling multicellular development at the University of Cambridge and the University of Queensland, Australia. He has industrial experience in engineering GPS guidance systems, and quantitative risk analysis in financial markets.

After gaining a Ph.D. in Biology, and completing post-doctoral positions in biology and physics (Cavendish Laboratory) at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Rudge now heads the Laboratory of Synthetic Biology and Genetically Engineered Complexity. The lab is developing techniques to engineer DNA that can direct populations of cells to form coordinated “organisms”. As well as synthetic biology, the lab uses methods from physics, information theory, complex systems, advanced microscopy, and computational simulations.

To learn more about professor Rudge’s research visit his website here.


  • Batchelor of Engineering (Honours), Mechatronics, Leeds University, United Kingdom, 1998.
  • Master of Science, Computer Vision, University College London, United Kingdom, 2002.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2014.

Research lines

  • Synthetic biology, DNA assembly, Genetic circuit design
  • Microscopy, fluorescence, time-lapse, image analysis, tracking
  • Complex systems, collective behaviour, self-organisation
  • Mathematical and computational biology, simulation
  • Open-source hardware and software for low-cost science

Supervised students and researchers