• 136 Citations
  • 7 h-Index

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Personal profile


I am currently a Lecturer in Control Engineering in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, Coventry University, UK.

I obtained my PhD degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from The University of Melbourne Australia, Melbourne, Australia in 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Erik Weyer, where I worked modelling and control design of river systems. Prior joining Coventry University, I was a Research Fellow in Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB), School of Engineering, University of Warwick UK, in the research group of Prof. Declan Bates. from 2015-2018. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) in Pohang, South Korea from 2012-2015, in the research group of Dr. Pan-Jun Kim, where I worked on deciphering the core genetic architecture of plant circadian system.

My primary research interests are dynamical systems modelling and control of biological system. I have mostly studied on plant gene regulatory network and my research mainly focuses on application of engineering design principles for synthetic biology application to improve crop productivity.

Research Interests

  • Modelling of Dynamical Systems 
  • System Identification and Network Inference
  • Application of Control Engineering to Biological, Medical and Industrial Problems
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology

Education/Academic qualification

Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Doctorate, University of Melbourne


External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Warwick

1 Oct 201830 Sep 2021

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Research Output

  • 136 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 20 Article
  • 12 Conference proceeding
  • 6 Chapter
  • 1 Other

A simplified modelling framework facilitates more complex representations of plant circadian clocks

Foo, M., Bates, D. & Akman, O., 16 Mar 2020, In : PLoS Computational Biology. 16, 3, e1007671.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • On the stability of nucleic acid feedback control systems

    Paulino, N., Foo, M., Kim, J. & Bates, D. G., 29 Jun 2020, In : Automatica. 119, p. (In-Press) 109103.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Modelling and Control of Gene Regulatory Networks for Perturbation Mitigation

    Foo, M., Kim, J. & Bates, D., 29 Mar 2019, In : IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. 16, 2, p. 583-595 13 p., 8254368.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    39 Downloads (Pure)

    PID and state feedback controllers using DNA strand displacement reactions

    Paulino, N., Foo, M., Kim, J. & Bates, D., 1 Oct 2019, In : IEEE Control Systems Letters. 3, 4, p. 805-810 6 p., 8721529.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    68 Downloads (Pure)

    Robustness analysis of a nucleic acid controller for a dynamic biomolecular process using the structured singular value

    Paulino, N., Foo, M., Kim, J. & Bates, D., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Process Control. 78, p. 34-44 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)