His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent met with staff and students of the University of Bristol’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre recently and was introduced to some of the exciting and pioneering research being carried out at the university.
BrisSynBio is one of six synthetic biology centres which is funded by Research Councils UK. It is based in the new £56million Life Sciences Building. Synthetic Biology is an emerging scientific discipline that seeks to apply the fundamental principles of engineering to study and exploit biology. Researchers are then able to tackle important questions with more efficiency and with greater success.
Dr Paul Race, BrisSynBio Co-Director, said: “It was a great pleasure to accompany HRH Duke of Kent on his tour of BrisSynBio. He showed tremendous enthusiasm for the world leading research that is being undertaken within the centre.”
Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: “We were delighted to facilitate this visit by HRH Duke of Kent who was very interested and engaged during his time with us. He wanted to see one of our flagship research activities and the subsequent impact of multi-disciplinary research which is vividly demonstrated by our synthetic biology centre which covers activities across three of our faculties. He was particularly interested in seeing how research is addressing big societal issues and an example of university investment in this state-of-the-art facility.”
The Duke of Kent is a cousin of Her Majesty The Queen. He is the son of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. He married Katharine Worsley in 1961 and they have three surviving children George, Earl of St Andrews (born 26 June 1962), Lady Helen Taylor (born 28 April 1964) and Lord Nicholas Windsor (born 25 July 1970) and ten grandchildren. He inherited the Dukedom of Kent in 1942 when his father was killed when his plane crashed in bad weather in Caithness.