UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering

Prof Daniel Bracewell

Prof Daniel Bracewell

Professor of Bioprocess Analysis

Dept of Biochemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Jun 2002

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

Daniel's 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, Process and Facility Design. The department's pilot plant studies for Master's students are also coordinated by Daniel. The role of MSc admissions tutor has particular importance as it is a key entrance point into biochemical engineering for graduates in related fields. The position also involves allocation of the Masters Training Grant which relates to the MSc and assisting Prof. Gary Lye in the administration of these research council funds.


University College London
PhD, Biochemical Engineering | 1998
University College London
MSc, Biochemical Engineering | 1995
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
BSc Hons, Biotechnology | 1994
University College London
CLTHE_1, Academic studies in Higher Education | 04-06