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 (ESRC, EPSRC, 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 Standardfeature 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.
Filippa's research explores biological threats and the security and governance of emerging technologies in the life sciences. Much of her 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.
For a full list of publications, please see Filippa's research profile.
Please see Filippa's Research Staff Profile for further details.