Professor Timothy Dafforn

Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Professor Dafforn began his science career studying protein engineering at the Bristol University where he developed two different approaches to enzyme engineering based on forced evolution and rational design.


Tim has had a prestigious career in biological research including working at the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research and as the Director of Knowledge Transfer, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.


In June 2015 Professor Dafforn took up his post as the CSA for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he had previously acted as the entrepreneur in residence with a remit to champion activities in synthetic biology.


Tim is a Head of Policy and member of the executive at the Biochemical Society, a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council new ways of working strategy panel and a Member of the Synthetic Biology Leadership Council.