UCL Biochemical Engineering is always pleased to welcome a new member of the team, but with Afrin we are especially happy to be seeing one of our own graduates return to work with us. Afrin graduated in 2010 before going on to study an MSc in Biotechnology at Imperial College.
Publication date: 16 January 2018
John Ward, Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing and leader of the Synthetic Biology MRes, has won a 3 year, £431k ERA-NET ‘Biotechnology for a Sustainable Bioeconomy’ grant. This is part of a larger £2.17m grant involving three academic partners (RU Darmstadt, IAC Catalonia, Universite Clermont Auvergne) and two industrial partners (Prozomix and BASF). The project, TRALAMINOL, aims to create an integrated reaction platform for the synthesis of multifunctional chiral building blocks.
Publication date: 2 January 2018
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
Publication date: 18 December 2017
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.
Publication date: 7 December 2017
A warm welcome to Sandra Starosta who joins the professional services team on level 4 as the Administration Assistant. We look forward to working with Sandra and invite colleagues to introduce themselves when they're in the administration office.
Publication date: 4 December 2017
GE Healthcare has completed the acquisition of Puridify, a bioprocessing start-up that is developing a nanofiber-based platform purification technology for biopharmaceutical production. "The Puridify story started in 2008 with an engineering doctoral project (funded by the EPSRC CDT in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership) that was thought up by Prof Dan Bracewell (UCL Biochemical Engineering) and Prof Bob Stevens (STFC). The industrial applicability of the technology was intended from the outset and this supported the commercial opportunity which took its first steps with an initial patent filing in 2012…
Publication date: 4 December 2017
The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering is pleased to announce that Kate Sym has been appointed to the post of Departmental Manager. Kate has been with the department for several years, first as DCT Manager, then as Targeted Healthcare Hub Manager. We wish Kate all the best in her new role.
Publication date: 29 November 2017
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.
Publication date: 20 November 2017
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.
Publication date: 2 November 2017
Dr Qasim Rafiq, Senior Lecturer in Bioprocessing of Regenerative, Cellular and Gene Therapy at The Department of Biochemical Engineering, together with collaborators at the Universities of Kent, Cambridge, Bath, UWE and Imperial has won a £1.5m EPSRC grant (£290k to UCL) entitled 'New Industrial Systems: Optimising Me Manufacturing Systems'. This aims to develop a proof-of-concept platform for the distributed manufacture of T-cell immunotherapies from a patient’s blood.
Publication date: 2 November 2017
As in the previous years the department hosted a number of work experience pupils working along side our scientist this summer. We are especially pleased to be able to support In2Science and the Nuffield Research Placement programme. Both charities are giving sixth form students from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to do a research placement.
Publication date: 31 October 2017
Elsa Noaks and Shaun Mansfield both received a fellowship worth up to £80,000 to support the research, development and design of their projects. The Commission has supported them to help bring their technologies to commercialisation and make an impact on businesses and society. Originally set up by Prince Albert following the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Industrial Fellowships recognise the best research that could advance British industry and award them funds to bring them to market.
Publication date: 25 October 2017
We offer our warmest congratulations to Dr Vasos Pavlika for his recent promotion having been a member of the team at The Department of Biochemical Engineering. His appointment to the position of Senior Lecturer reflects his impressive work establishing "Modern Applications of Engineering Mathematics" as one of the most popular minor module options in the Integrated Engineering Programme at UCL.
Publication date: 19 October 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.
Publication date: 2 October 2017
Dr Qasim Rafiq, Senior Lecturer in Bioprocessing of Regenerative, Cellular and Gene Therapy, has written a blog for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council titled "Manufacturing Medicines of the Future." You can read the full article at the EPSRC's website here...
Publication date: 14 September 2017
Moritz Wüstenber graduated from the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering in 2011. He and his company are profiled in an article in The Chemical Engineer. Helen Tunnicliffe spoke to him about his journey from degree studies to setting up Northern Lights Spirits, a craft gin distiller based in north Karelia in eastern Finland. Read the the article here...
Publication date: 7 September 2017
IChemE BESIG YRM & Novel Technologies MeetingICIChemE Special Interest Group Young Researcher’s Meeting
Professor Martina Micheletti, Dr Alex Kiparissides and Dr Qasim Rafiq (on behalf of the IChemE Fluid Mixing and Biochemical Engineering SIGs) have organised an exciting 2 days event on 12-13th September at UCL. The first day is a series of technical oral presentations focusing on Novel Technologies in Bioprocessing and ending with a poster session during a wine reception. Day 2 on Wednesday is focused on Young Researchers talks and careers direction.
Publication date: 6 September 2017
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Dr Mark Carver is a senior and highly respected figure in the UK bioindustry sector. He has been a strong supporter of the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering throughput his career in terms of providing advice on our research and educational activities, contributing expert lectures and directly supporting doctoral research programmes. He made a very strong contribution to developing our recently awarded EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Targeted Healthcare and was the industrial representative on the interview panel.
Publication date: 31 August 2017
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.
Publication date: 18 August 2017
The Department of Biochemical Engineering is pleased to welcome a new team member: Victor Diran joins us as the CDT Manager & Postgraduate Programme Manager, taking over from Kate Sym who is now the Targeted Healthcare Hub Manager. Victor joins us from the UCL School of Pharmacy, where he worked for over five years in a similar capacity. We wish Victor all the best and look forward to working with him.
Publication date: 16 August 2017