Biochemical Engineering


Professor Daniel Bracewell

Professor of Bioprocess Analysis

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Dan Bracewell
  • Research Fellow, University College London (1998-1999) 
  • TMR Fellowship, Norferm A/S, Odense, Denmark (2001-2002)
  • Senior Research Fellow, University College London (2002-2004)
  • Chartered Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Editorial Board Member for Microbial Cell Factories
  • Editorial Board Member for Bioanalysis
  • Associate Editor for Separation Science and Technology
  • Subject Editor for IChemE Food and Bioproducts Processing

Prof Daniel Bracewell

Prof Daniel Bracewell


Bernard Katz Building
Gower Street


  • Professor of Bioprocess Analysis
    Dept of Biochemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL


Daniel's research is in the area of bioprocess analysis. The area is fundamentally linked to the speed and capabilities of the analytical techniques used. The rise of "omics" (genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics) has lead to significant efforts in the area of analytical instrumentation to match these needs. This offers exciting possibilities to those engaged in the analysis of processes involving biological molecules at every scale. Daniel carried out pioneering studies into the use of biosensors to monitor and control the production of biopharmaceuticals. Bioprocess analysis does not only concern itself with instrumentation, it is also related to how experimentation is conducted and how the data is used. The desired outcome is methods that have applications as tools for future bioprocess development and control. To this end Daniel manages research activity as one of 5 principal investigators within the IMRC in Bioprocessing supported by leading national and multi-national companies. As part of this he supervises projects in collaboration Medimmune studying antibody degradation at solid liquid interfaces in the presence of shear and with Pfizer that proposes the hypothesis that mass spectrometry based methods may be used to understand product and contaminant physicochemical properties providing a logical framework for the design. He also supervises work with Merck on automated micro-chromatography which will be applicable to process development. Daniel is also involved in several interdisciplinary / cross institution projects. He is joint supervisor of studies with the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) to investigate microfluidic methods to measure protein stability. This led to a successful grant bid with Dr Paul Dalby to the BBSRC funded Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (BRIC) titled "A new microfluidic tool for rapid analysis of protein stability and integrity in bioprocesses" in which Daniel is co-investigator. Further work in the area of microfluidics has been initiated with Prof. Steve Haswell at Hull University and Prof. Gary Lye. This examines the fundamental limits of scale-down of packed bed chromatographic systems in the bioprocess sector which will have implications for bioprocess development and control. Funding for the above research has come from the UK EPSRC and BBSRC and a range of company collaborators.
Award year Qualification Institution
1998 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Biochemical Engineering
University College London
1995 MSc
Master of Science
Biochemical Engineering
University College London
1994 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
04-06 CLTHE_1
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1
Academic studies in Higher Education
University College London

Teaching and Training Activities

Current teaching activities span undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes offered by the Department. He leads the course; Introduction to Biochemical Engineering, and teaches on Downstream Processing and Mass Transfer courses. He is also module leader of the post-experience MBI® training modules in Chromatography, Analytical Data Analysis for the Bioprocess Industry, Bioprocess Design & Economic Evaluation and Bioprocess Facility Design.

Daniel has also recently taken on the role of postgraduate-research tutor for the department.