CSO & Co-founder
Jim Ajioka is co-founder and CSO of the fabric dyeing company Colorifix. Synthetic biology has been a major focus of Jim’s lab and research at the University of Cambridge. From his work on microbe-based biosensors to detect water contaminants including arsenic and pathogenic viruses, Jim has participated in consultations and working groups at the WHO and UK Research Councils to assess the impact of synthetic biology on global health and dual-use threats. Recognising the urgent need to implement better practices for sustainable water use, Jim and Colorifix colleagues focused on one of the most polluting industries on the planet: fabric dyeing.
Jim maintains his lab in the Dept. of Pathology as the cutting edge of synthetic biology is still in the academic sphere. Jim and his colleagues see cross-disciplinary research as the driving force for innovation, so Jim teaches in the Engineering Department as well as in Biological Sciences. As co-chair of the Cambridge Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative, Jim and his Cambridge colleagues believe that the open nature of synthetic biology as it has developed as an engineering discipline, is essential for stimulating economic growth in this sector for the UK and globally.