Prof Sebastien Jean-Claude Farnaud
Sebastien Farnaud is Professor in Enterprise and Bio-innovation in the Institute of Health and Well-being at Coventry University, where he created the Bioleaching Research Group. This is part of a focus on Bioremediation, the process that uses mainly microorganisms to detoxify the environments. Among other projects, Sebastien is leading an innovate-funded KTP Bioleaching project, in collaboration with N2S Ltd, https://n2s.co.uk/ for a sustainable method to recycle precious metal from electronic waste. Sebastien arrived in the UK after graduating in France, as an Erasmus student in 1990, to pursue a PhD in Molecular Biology at King’s College London, at the Randall Centre for Cell & Molecular Biophysics. Over the last 20 years, Sebastien has developed his academic and research experience in several academic institutions, including Imperial College, University of Westminster and the University of Bedfordshire, but also in the third sector as Science Director in a medical research charity. In addition to his interest in Microbiological and Biotech applications, his research expertise also includes the biomedical aspects of iron metabolism, particularly in Parkinson Disease, and also the development of antimicrobial peptides. His strong interest in Enterprise & Innovation, which includes the directorship and creation of several companies, has led him to the position Enterprise and Innovation lead in the Institute.