Cumbers is originally from the United Kingdom and received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees there. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Hull and he studied Computer Science with Information Engineering there. For his graduate degree, he studied Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh. To get his doctorate education, Cumbers attended Brown University where he received his doctorate in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry.
The International Genetically Engineered Machines competition (iGEM) team for Brown University was founded by Cumbers in 2005. He also started BetaSpace, a space settlement network that shares ideas relating to humans living on another planet. Between 2008 and 2015, Cumbers worked at the NASA Ames Research Center as a bioengineer.
Cumbers founded SynBioBeta in 2012. He describes the company as a "start-up self-help group" for those interested in synthetic biology. The company organizes yearly conferences to hold workshops and panel discussions with the intention of educating people on topics related to synthetic biology.
In order for biological technologies to be adopted by other entities, Cumbers became an operating partner at Data Collective and together they created the DCVC SynBioBeta Fund, a biotech fund for early stage start-ups. His work with creating conferences and creating networking opportunities for those in the industry is intended to be utilized by the fund.
John Cumbers founds SynBioBeta.
He is given the award for his work with using synthetic biology in NASAs missions.
Data Collective and SynBioBeta founder John Cumbers launch a seed stage biotech fund
April 4, 2017
Spotlight on: Synthetic Biology with John Cumbers
February 13, 2018
Documentaries, videos and podcasts
John CUMBERS - If you don't have a biostrategy, you're doomed!
August 9, 2018
John Cumbers - John Cumbers
April 19, 2018
John Cumbers of SynBioBeta
August 28, 2018