Personal profile


Louise holds a MChem from the University of Oxford, a DEA and a PhD in Biochemistry from the Université de Liège, Belgium. She worked as a research associate at the University of Leeds and the University of Glasgow before joining Edinburgh in May 2012. She is the elected co-chair of the Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section of the European Federation of Biotechnology, a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and was the recipient of the University of Edinburgh’s 2015 Chancellor’s Rising Star Award. Louise was awarded a 5-year Early Career Fellowship in Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience by the EPSRC in 2017 and promoted to Professor of Sustainable Biotechnology in 2020.

Current Research Interests

The Horsfall Group researches sustainable biotechnology and is interested in multidisciplinary challenges that involve biotechnology and synthetic biology. We are especially interested in how to make manufacturing more resource efficient and help move us towards a more sustainable, circular economy. We are affiliated to the Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology - SynthSys, and the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions - CSEC, at the University of Edinburgh.

Education/Academic qualification

Biochemistry, Doctor of Science, Université de Liège


Biochemistry, Master of Biochemistry, Université de Liège


Chemistry, Master of Chemistry, University of Oxford



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