Dr Vivek Senthivel

Vivek Senthivel



Vivek has a PhD in synthetic biology from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. His PhD work in the group of Prof. Mark Isalan involved identifying biophysical parameters required for building spatial patterns and developing tools for mammalian synthetic biology, that can be used for building spatial patterns in a 3D mammalian cell culture system. Prior to his PhD, Vivek worked at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India and he has experience working with mitochondrial dynamics in mammalian and insect cell lines. Vivek was one of the advisors for the Bangalore team participating in iGEM 2007, in which they constructed synthetic quorum sensing circuit to predict closed-loop gene regulatory network behavior using measurements from open-loop circuits. After obtaining his PhD, Vivek did a short term project with Dr. Tom Ellis at Imperial College London to developed synthetic biology tools for modular assembly of gene networks, specially for metabolic engineering of cellulose production in Acetobacter.


Vivek’s current project involves developing receptor based biosensors for theranostics and drug testing in mammalian cell lines. 


Senthivel VR, Sturrock M, Piedrafita G, Isalan M. Identifying ultrasensitive HGF dose response functions in a 3D mammalian system for synthetic morphogenesis. Scientific Reports .2016 Dec; 6,39178.

Menendez DB*, Senthivel VR*, Isalan M. (*equal contribution) Sender-receiver systems and applying information theory for quantitative synthetic biology. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 2015 Feb 31; 101-7.

Diambra L, Senthivel VR, Menendez DB, Isalan M. Cooperativity to increase Turing pattern space for synthetic biology. ACS Synthetic Biology. 2015 Feb 20;4(2): 177-86.

Carvalho A*, Menendez DB*, Senthivel VR, Zimmermann T, Diambra L, Isalan M (*equal contribution) Genetically encoded sender-receiver system in 3D mammalian cell culture. ACS Synthetic Biology. 2014 May 16;3(5):264-72.


Phone No: 0131 650 54 16

Email: Vivek.Senthivel@ed.ac.uk


ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vivek_Senthivel

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivek-raj-senthivel-5090288b/

Twitter:  @VSenthivel