UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Professor Maranas Seminar 7 June

24 May 2017

Professor Costas Maranas from Penn State University will be visiting UCL on the 7th of June 2017. He will be giving a seminar titled: "Using systems engineering tools to elucidate and redesign biological networks".

  • Date: Wednesday June 7 2017
  • Time: 11:00am
  • Venue: Roberts 106LT
  • Refreshments: 10:30 @ Roberts Foyer

Prof. Maranas is an internationally distinguished scientist in the fields of Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology. He has authored more than 170 journal publications which have accumulated more than 3.500 citations (h-index > 45)!

The Maranas group is working on the development of algorithmic and, in particular, optimization techniques to support the analysis and redesign of biological systems at different scales. "At the protein level, we are interested in computationally inferring what amino acid compositions are likely to yield i) proteins or antibodies with targeted binding affinities and ii) enzymes with improved stability, specificity and activity for specific biotransformations. At the metabolic network level, we are interested in generating isotope mapping models to support metabolic flux elucidation using MFA. In addition, we are working towards developing computational tools to help decide how to engineer (i.e., through gene knock-in/out/up/down(s)) biological production systems".

For any questions please contact alex.kiparissides@ucl.ac.uk.