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Natsai Chieza Designer-in-Residence with Synthetic Biology Team

The Synthetic Biology team at UCL Biochemical Engineering, led by Professor John Ward, have been joined by designer-in-residence Natsai Chieza. "My collaboration with John started in 2011 when he was in SMB in the Darwin Building. We created a framework for deploying colourfast bacteria dyes on fabric using Streptomyces, significantly minimising water-use and negating the use of harmful chemicals. 

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James Allen Appointed to BBSRC subgroup.

UCL Biochemical Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher James Allen has been appointed to The Bioscience skills and careers postdoctoral researchers subgroup (BBSRC), a subgroup to The Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Advisory Panel (BSC) that focuses on postdoc careers and development. This aims to complement the work being done by the departmental PDRA Forum. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/skills/developing-careers/bioscience-skills-careers-postdoc-researcher-subgroup/

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Biochemical Engineering Undergraduates' winning poster going to parliament

The UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) competition for undergraduate research posters took place on Tuesday 30th January featuring several entries from Biochemical Engineering. We're very pleased to announce that a poster submitted by a team of our 2nd year students has been selected for presentation in parliament on the 20th of February. Their poster on the subject "Analysis of spent coffee grounds as a feasible feedstock to meet bioethanol production demands" won praise from the judges. Congratulations to Aoife Bye, Enya Gomes Clynch, Sofia Spassova and Douglas Head (left to right in photo) and good luck later this month!

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Bubbles in Medicine Stand at Science Spectacular Festival

As part of the Public Engagement module UCL Biochemical Engineering's Charnett Chau, Jas Kalayan, Maryam Hussain and Neil Forbes formed a group to run a stall at Manchester's Science Spectacular event in October

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Biochemical Engineering Graduate Georgina Hunter Joins WES Council

Georgina graduated from the Engineering (Biochemical) MEng in August of this year with a first class honours. We are very proud to be able to share the news that she has been elected to join the council of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). WES was set up to support women engineers to achieve their potential, to encourage and promote the education of engineering and promote diversity and equality in the workplace.

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MEng Student Amandeep Varia on Placement at Eli Lilly Kinsale

On Thursday 16 November we held a virtual open day for prospective degree students here at The Department of Biochemical Engineering (see a recording of the event here). Qasim Rafiq was joined by current 2nd year BSc Bioprocessing of New Medicines programme, Student Karen and Communications and Outreach Coordinator Kim Morgan. Amandeep Varia (pictured above 2nd from right with other members of 2016 iGem team) joined online to talk about her placement and iGem. You can read a transcript of the interview below.

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Gloria Lam's Career Destination Report Published in IChemE Newsletter

Biochemical Engineering graduate Gloria Lam has been looking into where her cohort have gone onto since graduating two years ago. Gloria has used social media - FaceBook and LinkedIn - to contact the class of 2015 to find out where they are and what they've gone on to do. 

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Brenda Parker at New Scientist Live 2017

Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at UCL, Dr Brenda Parker, was one of four speakers at the New Scientist Live at ExCeL London on Saturday 30 September. Brenda joined Alex Pearlman (King's College, London), Jenny Molloy (University of Cambridge) and Mark Roberts (Queen Mary University of London) on the Engineering stage to discuss DIY science – biohacking and community labs, in a talk organised by The Biochemical Society.

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Inspiring Budding Engineers: Fiona Truscott hosts LIYSF at Biochemical Engineering

A group from the London International Youth Science Forum (LYISF) visited The Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL to spend some time with Dr Fiona Truscott using some of the robotic systems to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. As part of Fiona’s work she is an active partner with UCL Engineering facilitating outreach activities to school students particularly with an emphasis on reaching underserved student potential students groups in engineering.  

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Ideas to Impact: Transforming Research Outcomes into Engagement with Business

The Biochemical Engineering Departments career development program recently delivered a 3 day workshop on creating entrepreneurial researchers. This bespoke 3 day workshop, ran on 14 June – 16 June 2017, was created in collaboration with the UCL School of Management. The primary objectives were to deliver the specific set of skills and knowledge (rather than a full spectrum business course) that would be most useful to research staff when creating and developing an entrepreneurial mind-set, and to instil confidence and understanding of the language of business.

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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.

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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. 

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Erick's Internship at the Technological University of the Mixteca

UCL Biochemical Engineering PhD Student Luis Erick Mota Pacheco has just returned from an internship in the Technological University of the Mixteca (UTM, Universidad Tecnologica de la Mixteca), based in Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico. During January and February, a series of Biocatalysis seminars was presented to Food Engineering undergraduate students and Masters in Science of Foods and Natural Products graduate students.

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Amandeep Tells Us About 2016 iGEM Competition

Welcome back to Amandeep (2nd from Right in the photo): 3 Nomination and a Gold Medal at iGEM! The international genetically engineered machines (iGEM) competition is run every year and has teams from schools and universities all over the world compete at a conference in Boston, MA. The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering has supported UCL teams for the past three years, regularly winning citations for the work they carry out over the summer in collaboration with academics and PhD Students.

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Dr Brenda Parker Talks About Writing a UCAS Personal Statement

We’ve taken a few minutes to meet the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for The Department of Biochemical Engineering to talk about UCAS, Personal Statements and what you should be looking out for when deciding what course to study.

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UCL iGEM Team Win Gold Medal for 5th Consecutive Year!

Well done to Amandeep Varia, Abbie Rogan, Hana Janebdar, Dale Stibbs, Kami Zmijewskil, Kuba Domaradzki, Chichi Ihuegbu, Neythan Treloar, Michelle Ammann and Yuqiao Liu who have not only won a gold medal at the iGEM in Boston this year, but were nominated for Best New Composite BioBrick Award, Best Therapeutic Award AND Best Entrepreneurship Award!

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