Dr Alexandros Kiparissides
Assistant Professor in Biochemical Engineering
Programme Director and Admissions Tutor: MSc Biochemical Engineering
- Associate Editor for Biochemical Engineering Journal
- Chartered Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (CEng, MIChemE)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)
- Research Associate, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
- PhD, Imperial College London (2012)
Teaching and Training Activities
Alex’s current teaching activities are spread across several modules of the undergraduate degree programme. He is the course leader for second the year undergraduate “Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II” module covering topics in Linear Algebra, Dynamical Systems Theory, Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Methods in Engineering and Statistics. In the third year module "Computer Aided Bioprocess Engineering" Alex presents the use of computer software (such as Matlab) for the design and optimization of complex unit operations.
Alex is also leading the new engineering minor "Modern Applications of Engineering Mathematics" available to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students across the Faculty of Engineering. The aim of this Minor is to provide students with a broad set of mathematical tools that will strengthen and diversify their engineering skills and enhance their employability prospects across multiple business sectors in the current data-intensive age.
As part of the Integrated Engineering Programme at UCL, Alex focuses on the delivery of exampled based learning exercises within all of his teaching activities. His lectures train students to extract appropriate mathematical descriptions from “real-life” problems within the Biochemical Engineering discipline and to identify and implement the appropriate numerical or analytical solution methods.
Department of Biochemical Engineering, University College London
Bernard Katz building
Dept of Biochemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Science
Alexandros (Alex) Kiparissides is a Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at University College London, having joined UCL in 2015. His current research focuses on the development of novel computational approaches able to integrate, organize and guide experimental (and modeling) information across multiple scales, i.e., all the way from metabolic regulation to bioprocess monitoring and control. Thus, his research explores the boundaries between traditional Process Systems Engineering, Systems Biology and Applied Biotechnology
Alex obtained a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and got his PhD in Bioprocess Systems Engineering from Imperial College London. In summary, the primary contribution of his thesis was the integration of wet-lab experiments, mathematical modeling, model analysis techniques, design of experiments and model based optimization methods into a formalized approach to bio-systems research and development (Kiparissides et al, 2011b). The versatility and applicability of the proposed methodology have been demonstrated in a number of publications, spanning a relatively broad range of applications, including: (a) the production of recombinant proteins in hybridoma cell lines (Ho et al., 2012, Kiparissides et al., 2015) (b) the bioremediation of aromatic pollutants by P.Putida (Koutinas et al, 2010, 2011a&b), (c) the regulation of stem cell differentiation (Kiparissides et al, 2011a; Phan et al., 2013) and (d) the effect of process conditions on the expansion of murine embryonic stem cells (Yeo et al. 2013).
Subsequently Alex was awarded with a post-doctoral fellowship at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the lab of Vassily Hatzimanikatis. There he investigated the allocation of uncertainty within large scale metabolic networks and how it can affect the identification and evaluation of potential targets for Metabolic Engineering. His work combined Markov Chain based sampling algorithms, Global Sensitivity Analysis, Design of Experiments and thermodynamics-based Metabolic Flux Analysis in order to enumerate and evaluate intracellular flux states consistent with the studied physiology. He worked in collaboration with BP on the development of Metabolic Engineering strategies towards the increase of ethanol production by the “in-house” industrial yeast strain.
He is currently leading research projects on recombinant protein production in mammalian cell cultures and on the effects of the bioprocessing environment on algal cell culture efficiency. The general theme of his research is the development of an integrated methodology combining Multi-scale Modelling, Metabolic Engineering and wet-lab experiments in order to:
(i) Better understand cell physiology and metabolism under industrial bioprocessing conditions
(ii) Identify key parameters affecting culture efficiency at the metabolic, bioprocess and reactor design level
(iii) Enable the model based design and optimisation of industrial scale bioreactors
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Imperial College London
Diploma of Chemical Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki