UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Professor Qasim Rafiq appointed Vice Dean (Health) in Faculty of Engineering Sciences

9 May 2024

Professor Qasim Rafiq, Department of Biochemical Engineering, has been appointed as Vice-Dean Health for the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. He takes up the 0.2FTE appointment alongside his Professorial academic role.

Prof. Qasim Rafiq hi res

As Vice-Dean for Health, Professor Rafiq will be responsible for leading the Faculty’s strategy on health, liaising with the Pro-Provost (Health) and other faculty leads in shaping and delivering the University’s wider health strategy and supporting the Dean of Engineering as part of the Senior Management Team.  

Professor Rafiq was awarded his Chair in Bioprocess Engineering, with a specific focus on Cell and Gene Therapy, in the most recent round of promotions in October 2023. He currently holds a 5-year EPSRC Fellowship in Healthcare Engineering, is Co-Director of the BBSRC Advanced Bioscience of Viral Products (ABViP) Collaborative Training Partnership in partnership with Oxford Biomedica and University of Oxford, and is the Athena Swan Lead for the Department of Biochemical Engineering.

He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Chartered Scientist (CSci), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and sits on multiple engineering and life science committees where he has research and policy influence. He was recognised as one of the top 20 influential and inspirational individuals in Advanced Medicine, listed amongst Nobel Laureates, multi-national CEOs and leading scientists.

Professor Rafiq said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the Faculty of Engineering’s Vice Dean for Health. I look forward to working with our incredible colleagues across the Faculty who are at the cutting-edge of developing novel engineering and digital solutions to transform global health and patient care.

I will champion a vision that establishes our Faculty as a global vanguard in healthcare engineering and digital health, ensuring that our endeavours have a meaningful impact on the health and well-being of individuals and societies.