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John Cumbers, Ph.D

NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 239-20, Bldg N239 Rm 373
P.O. Box 1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001, USA.
cell +1 (401) 523 8190, office +1 (650) 604-1914, fax +1 (650) 604-1088

myname @ gmail . com

I work at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California. I helped to start NASA's program in synthetic biology and I now work at NASA in partnerships and project management.

Research Interests

  • Synthetic biology with applications to space settlement
  • Radiation and cold tolerance in cyanobacteria
  • Mechanisms of aging


Ph.D (2011) Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University, USA.
M.Sc (2005) Bioinformatics, University of Edinburgh, UK.
B.Sc (2004) Computer Science & Information Engineering, University of Hull, UK.


Measuring the activity of BioBrick promoters using an in vivo reference standard
Journal of Biological Engineering, 2009 March 20;3:4
Jason R Kelly, Adam J Rubin, Caroline M Ajo-Franklin, John Cumbers, Michael J. Czar, Kim de Mora, Aaron L Glieberman, Dileep D Monie, Drew Endy
URL PDF reprint

Drosophila Germ Line Modulation of Insulin Signaling and Lifespan
Flatt, T., Min, K., D’Alterio, C., Villa-Cuesta, E., Cumbers, J., Lehmann,R., Jones, D.L., Tatar,M.,
PNAS April 29, 2008 vol. 105 no. 17 6368-6373.

Progress toward construction and modelling of a tri-stable toggle switch in E. coli
Lohmueller, J.; Neretti, N.; Hickey, B.; Kaka, A.; Gao, A.; Lemon, J.; Lattanzi, V.; Goldstein, P.;
Tam, L.K.; Schmidt, M.; Brodsky, A.S.; Haberstroh, K.; Morgan, J.; Palmore, T.; Wessel, G.; Jaklenec, A.; Urabe, H.; Gagnon, J.; Cumbers
IET Synthetic Biology, 2007.

Annual Report for the American Federation for Aging Research.
2006 (Front Cover: Insulin vesicles in the fruit fly brain, confocal microscopy, Left)

Conference posters and abstracts

BioSysBio 2007: Conference in Systems Biology, Bioinformatics and Synthetic Biology Manchester, UK. 11-13 January 2007. Abstracts. Editor. BMC Syst Biol. 2007;1 Suppl 1:P1-S15.

Constructing a insulin sensitive cell, second international conference on synthetic biology (2.0). Poster UC Berkeley. 2006

Computational Analysis of Insulin in the Ageing Fruit Fly Cumbers, J., and Armstrong, J.D. Abstract from BioSysBio 2005: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Conference, Edinburgh, UK, BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6(Suppl 3):P9 doi:10.1186/1471-2105-6-S3-P9

BioSysBio: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Conference. Edinburgh, UK. 14-15 July 2005. Abstracts. BMC Bioinformatics. 2005 Sep 9;6 Suppl 3:P21-29, S1-15. PMID: 16219110 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


Science mutterings

OWW mutterings

General mutterings


Brown iGEM

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