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Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub (FTHM) Biochemical Engineering workshop

Launched in 2017, UCL’s FTHM engages leading academics (Philosophy, Pharmacy, Engineering, Decision Tools Analysis, etc.) working in a cross-disciplinary way with industrial partners to ensure that a new generation of stratified medicines can be developed quickly and manufactured at a cost affordable to society.

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Dr Andrea Rayat Appointed Lecturer in Bioseparations (Downstream Processing)

Andrea has been working on the recently-launched kompAsTM commercialisation of ultra scale-down at UCL Biochemical Engineering, but we’re very pleased to share the good news that last month she has been made a lecturer in bioseparations (Downstream Processing) here in UCL Biochemical Engineering. Andrea will continue work on kompAsTM through knowledge transfer activities, lead the research and development of next generation ultra scale-down technologies and the wider area of bioseparations for primary recovery or downstream processing.

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Sarah Slack wins People's Choice Award at 3MT

EngD Student Sarah Slack has won the People's Choice award at this year's 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at UCL. Sarah was recently involved in the BBC's Contagion project and TV show, and her 3MT, titled "Flu Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope," was given an award by the audience in a vote at the competition on 25 June. We're pleased to say that this is the third year in a row that UCL Biochemical Engineering students have won awards for sharing their enthusiasm about their postdoctoral research projects in this competition.

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Say Hello to the New Beakers Committee for 2018

The Beakers are UCL Biochemical Engineering's postgraduate committee. Every year we welcome a fresh team of postgraduates to take on  roles in the organising team, arranging events and supporting the department. This year we're excited to say hello to Noelle, Pedro, Sofia, Braulio, Maria and Mariana (from left to right in the photo).

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Kasia Joins Biochemical Engineering

We're very pleased to have Kasia Janik working with professional services. Kasia is covering the role of undergraduate programme co-ordinator in the Admissions and Progressions Team for the duration of Hayley Powell's  maternity leave.

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Rana Khalife Appointed New Teaching Fellow in Regenerative Medicine

Rana has just submitted her PhD in biochemical engineering/regenerative medicine her at UCL under the supervision of Dr Farlan Veraitch with the title "The effect of nutritional microenvironment of stem cell diffrentiation." We're very pleased to announce that Rana has just taken up the post of Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine and will be working with undergraduates in UCL Biochemical Engineering. Rana's degree was in biochemistry and her MSc was in cancer research.

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Eleanor Bonnist Appointed New Hub Manager

We have recently been joined by Ella Bonnist who takes over the role of Manager of the Future Targeted Healthcare Manufacturing Hub. Ella will be working with the team taking over from Kate Sym who is now the Biochemical Engineering Departmental Manager. When you’re next in the professional services office on the 4th floor please come and introduce yourself to Ella and say hi.

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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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Welcome to the new Crook Society for 2018

UCL Biochemical Engineering is currently celebrating its twenty year anniversary, and the Crook Society – UCL Biochemical Engineering’s undergraduate committee - has been running just as long. We meet the new team and welcome them all in their new roles, taking over from Allia, Justin, Davina, Cecile and Mathilde (with thanks for all their hard work over the previous 12 months).

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Charnett Chau wins Best PGTA Leadership and Best Overall PGTA Contribution at IEP Teaching Excellence Awards

Earlier this month, the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) hosted its annual PGTA Teaching Excellence Awards at the CATE Celebration Evening. These annual awards are designed to recognise the contribution PGTAs make to teaching, and the student learning experience, on IEP modules. The categories are Best Team Contribution, Best Assessment & Feedback, Best Leadership, Best Student Engagement, and Best Overall PGTA Contribution. Biochemical and Chemical Engineering research student Charnett Chau was not only nominated in all four categories, but was also nominated twice in the Best Team Contribution category - an amazing reflection of her hard work, and impact on her colleagues and IEP students

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UCL Biochemical Engineering receives share of £6.1 million to develop courses to teach the skills of the future

Over 30 universities and colleges in England have been awarded a share of £6.1 million by HEFCE to develop new and enhanced higher education courses. Working with employers, the projects will help provide the skills needed in the future economy and support the aims of the Industrial Strategy. UCL Biochemical Engineering has received £191,474 for a project titled “Enhancing productivity and supporting growth of the UK Advanced Therapies sector.”

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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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UCL Biochemical Engineering research on cover of Biotechnology & Bioengineering

Researchers at UCL Biochemical Engineering, led by Prof Nicolas Szita, together with Prof John Ward, and Prof Helen Hailes (UCL Chemistry), and in collaboration with researchers from the Instituto Superior Técnico, led by Prof Fernandes, present a microfluidic approach towards the automated and continuous synthesis of chiral amino alcohols from simple starting materials. The research was also part of an EU initial training network programme EuroMBR (European network for innovative microbioreactor applications in bioprocess development.

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Synthetic "virus" to kill bacteria

A synthetic ‘virus’ that kills bacteria on first contact has been developed by UCL Biochemical Engineering and National Physical Laboratory researchers (NPL).

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