Hugo Villanueva is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Structural Molecular Biology shared between Birkbeck College and the University College of London. He is currently focusing his research on creating synthetic bacteriophages as a means to circumvent the problem of antibiotic resistance in human pathogens. Previously, Hugo did an undergraduate degree in biotechnology at the university of Edinburgh and was part of the 2013 Edinburgh iGEM team during which he became interest in synthetic biology. He also holds a Masters in research from Imperial College in Systems and Synthetic biology during which he worked on the first synthetic eukaryote: Saccharomyces cerevisiae 2.0. Hugo joined the UCL Innovation Forum in October 2017 as a Management Associate.