Biochemical Engineering


Dr James Allen

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


  • BBSRC Bioscience Skills and Careers (BSC) subgroup, member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, Chilterns and Middlesex local section committee


  • MBioChem (oxon), Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, (2010)
  • DPhil, Biochemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2015)

Research Interests

As part of the Innovate UK grant, ConBioChem, my research is focussed on biological production of commodity chemicals in continuous fermentation. With Prof. John Ward at UCL, I am focussed on developing the bacterial chassis and processes through which continuous production can be obtained. This means using Synthetic Biology practises and tools to develop genetically stable strains and expression vectors that can be utilised for a variety of industrial relevant chemical processes. Having spent two years working with INVISTA in developing sustainable routes to commodity chemicals using microbiological catalysts, I have developed knowledge not only of synthetic biology practices and their use within industry, but of the economic importance to any biological processes for which viable production of a sellable chemical product is the goal. The 5-year program ConBioChem aims to mitigate numerous economic failings of current and future processes by allowing continual fermentation at industrial scale.

Dr James Allen

Dr James Allen


  • Research Associate
    Dept of Biochemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL