UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Max Cardenas-Fernandez appointed lecturer at University of Kent

26 February 2021

UCL Biochemical Engineering postdoctoral researcher Max Cardenas-Fernandez will be leaving us to start a new role as a lecturer at the University of Kent in April. It's a sad farewell but all the best wishes for the future from UCL Biochemical Engineering!

Max Cardenas-Fernandez

Max joined UCL Biochemical Engineering in 2013 from Peru and has been a postdoctoral researcher working on biomass valorisation and enzyme discovery. He's also taught undergraduates and postgraduates.

Max has missed being in the lab since the first lockdown in early 2020, though he's been back in to continue his research. UCL Biochemical Engineering implemented socially-distant working and a carefully managed schedule with researchers working a week-on then a week-off. "I've enjoyed getting back into the lab when we were able but having one week of experimenting then a week at home has given me lots of time to focus on writing up so I am excited to have a lot of results to report and some papers written up, it's been much easier to focus on that at home."

In two month's time, Max will be taking up his new post as a lecturer in Biotechnology based in the School of Biosciences teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as continuing with his own research. Max expects to be delivering teaching online, to begin with, but looks forward to in-person teaching when restrictions allow. He will be teaching on three different programmes; Biochemistry, Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

All of us here in the team at UCL Biochemical engineering would like to say how much we appreciate Max's hard work over the years, that he'll be much missed and his new colleagues are very lucky to have him join them. All the best for the future, Max!