What is Biochemical Engineering?
Biochemical engineers translate exciting discoveries in life sciences into practical materials and processes contributing to human health and well-being. If you are interested in applying your skills and knowledge to meet global challenges relating to the development of novel medicines, pioneering stem cell therapies or green sustainable technologies, then Biochemical Engineering at UCL is for you.
Biochemical engineers are key players in the greatest biomedical challenges that lie ahead including the preparation of vaccines for the treatment of diseases as diverse as HIV, AIDS, swine flu and cervical cancer as well as the construction of tissue engineered replacement body parts. Crucially, they are continually concerned with ensuring that the methods used to prepare the medicine are the safest possible, as even a few virus molecules from a contaminated source are enough to make a valuable medicine a dangerous vehicle for infection, especially if it is given by injection.
In the next decade and beyond, the contributions of biochemical engineers to the worldwide community will be vital not only in the area of new medicines but also for novel materials from renewable sources such as biofuels, improved approaches to reducing and dealing with environmental pollution and more nutritious foods.
For a non-specialist summary of the activities in which biochemical engineers are involved and the challenges they face, read The Excitement of Biochemical Engineering (pdf, 146kb).