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Dr Filippa Lentzos

Dr Filippa Lentzos

  • Research fellows

Senior Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Policy
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical and life sciences
  • Security

Contact details


Dr Filippa Lentzos is a Senior Research Fellow, with a joint appointment in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Department of War Studies.

Filippa originally trained in human sciences before switching to social science, and spent the first ten years of her career at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), before joining King’s in 2012. Her work has been funded by established UK academic funding sources (eg Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Wellcome Trust) and by non-academic funding sources including the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Switzerland and Germany. 

Filippa has a history of working with scientists and was involved as the social science lead on the first synthetic biology centre established in the UK. In January 2016, Filippa was showcased in the 'Evening Standard' feature on career paths for women in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) and in June 2016 she was voted ‘STEM career hero of the month’ in 'The Telegraph'.


  • Biological threats
  • The security and governance of emerging technologies in the life sciences

Much of Filippa's work is focused on synthetic biology, often identified as the area of the life sciences most susceptible to misuse, but she also examines other emerging fields like genome editing, potentially pandemic pathogens and neurobiology. Her efforts to minimise biological threats involve regular engagement with scientists, governments and the United Nations. 



Further details

See Filippa's research profile