Dr Brenda Parker is a lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering. Her research focuses on industrial biotechnology, in particular using algae for sustainable chemical production. Her approach to nature-inspired engineering involves working at the interface between engineering, molecular biology and synthetic biology.
Brenda holds an MEng in Biochemical Engineering from UCL, and spent her study abroad year at Caltech where she developed her interest in the environmental microbiology. Since 2009 she has been working on applied algal research, beginning at the University of Cambridge with a project funded by Shell and then moving to the University of East Anglia to work on industry-facing low carbon projects.
Brenda’s approach is highly interdisciplinary, and she regularly collaborates architects and designers to realise projects such as the Algaegarden for the Metis International Garden Festival in Quebec. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to examine social factors related to design of bioremediation technologies.