Biochemical Engineering


Department of Biochemical Engineering

Our excellent international reputation derives from a shared passion to understand how life science discoveries can be converted into commercially viable products on a truly global scale.

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90% of our research activity is rated either ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ (REF2014).

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News & Events

Diana Matibag Presents to Microfluidics Team

Diana Matibag (2nd from left) worked with Rachael Wood (2nd from right), James Lawrence (right) and Mike Sulu (left) in the Department of Biochemical Engineering as a Work Experience Student from 3 to 7 April. Diana was amazingly good and thorougly enjoyed her experience. She built a microfluidic chip to culture cells and learnt about engineering design and cell culture.

Published: Apr 11, 2017 11:10:48 AM

Professor Ward's Article Published in Nature Communications

John Ward's article "Enzyme catalyzed Pictet-Spengler formation of chiral 1,1’-disubstituted- and spiro-tetrahydroisoquinolines" has just been published in Nature Communications. John's group is making novel alkaloids using a hitherto undiscovered activity of synthetic plant enzyme. (Read the full article here...) John is presenting a Virtual Open Day on 10 April (book your free ticket here) for the MRes in Synthetic Biology programme.

Published: Apr 3, 2017 10:56:50 AM

Welcome to the Crook Society 2017

The newly-appointed members of the Biochemical Engineering Department's long-running Crook Society take some time to tell about themselves and what the society is up to.

Published: Mar 30, 2017 1:53:56 PM

Dr Veraitch & Tecrea awarded £100k MedCity Grant

Dr Farlan Veraitch (Biochemical Engineering) together with Tecrea has won a £100k grant from MedCity to work on the evaluation and optimization of Lentivirus production using Nanocin™ technology. Tecrea is a a spinout from the Royal Veterinary College and this 12 month project will apply their low toxicity DNA delivery technology to improve the production of Lentivirus for cell and gene therapy applications.

Published: Mar 30, 2017 1:53:25 PM

Fiona Truscott wins a UCL Engager of the Year 2017 Award

We are extremely proud to announce that Dr Fiona Truscott, a Postdoctoral Researcher with The Department of Biochemical Engineering, was recognised for her engagement activities at the recent Provost's Engagement Awards. Winners shared prizes in 10 categories awarded by the UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur and the Dean of Engineering, Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker. 

Published: Mar 29, 2017 9:42:39 AM

John Ward Awarded £568k InnovateUK Grant for Work on PolyCYP

Professor John Ward (Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing at UCL Biochemical Engineering) has won a £568k InnovateUK grant (£200k to UCL) to work on PolyCYPs: Optimising a preclinical platform tool to reduce pharmaceutical attrition rates' with Hypha Discovery.

Published: Mar 23, 2017 4:18:58 PM