UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Research and facilities

Professional services research and facilities team (RAFT), workshop and ISD contact details

The Research and Facilities Team fulfil 6 major functions:

Research Facilitation

RAFT has a wealth of research experience, with expertise in fermentation, downstream processing, stem cell culture, chemistry and microfluidics. RAFT advise on research & provide supervision for projects. Members of RAFT publish papers in academic journals & one of the team has written a book.


RAFT design, manage and run a variety of courses covering research areas as diverse as fermentation, downstream processing, stem cell culture and microfluidics within the department and externally e.g. international courses and technical forums. RAFT also provide support for teaching activities such as practicals, design projects, MBI courses, and outreach events.


RAFT facilitate safe working in the department by providing safety training and inductions, organising regular lab inspections, administering Safety Committee meetings, managing risk assessments, updating safety policy, and ensuring the department is compliant with legal requirements and UCL safety regulations.

Facilities management

Management of the facilities & laboratories of BK building (including the ACBE) to ensure continuing functionality in the short term & implementing strategies to ensure the facilities remain relevant & functional in the future.

Equipment Management

Management of the department’s vast array of research equipment: Managing & performing maintenance to ensure equipment is kept in working order, providing training on equipment. Providing technical support to facilitate equipment usage for research & teaching.


Providing training and support for MyFinance. Management of Stores:  Provision of consumables & PPE for experimental work, management of deliveries and liaising with sales representatives and couriers.

NameRole and responsibilities

Yassin Amraoui

Technical Manager - Upstream Bioprocessing Facilities

020 3987 2184 

  • Responsible for the overall management of upstream bioprocessing facilities and the equipment to support research, teaching and knowledge exchange activities

Elaine Briggs

Laboratory Supply Manager

020 7679 9603

  • Procurement
  • Supplies management

Joanne Brotherton

Laboratory Assistant

020 3987 2183

  • Technical supervision

Gareth Mannall

Technical Manager

020 7679 7101

  • Manages facilities of the ACBE (Levels 1-3 Bernard Katz Building)
  • Manages estates projects to develop & maintain ACBE facilities
  • Facilitates pilot plant research
  • Coordinates teaching activities in the Pilot Plant facilities (including role as course coordinator for modules BENG0056 & BENG0057)
  • Wellbeing Champion

Brian O’Sullivan

Microscale Bioprocessing Manager

020 7679 3246

  • Technical support for all microfluidics researchers
  • Manages the Department’s automation facilities including six TECAN liquid-handling platforms
  • Departmental safety officer
  • Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) building projects manager
  • Sustainability Champion

Dhushy Stanislaus

Centre for Micro Biochemical Engineering Building Manager

020 7679 9570

  • Manages the Bernard Katz Building (Level 4-7)
  • Manages the Centre for Micro Biochemical Engineering including the Automation, Synthetic Biology and Chromatography facilities

For Departmental IT enquiries please email the team at

When contacting the IT team with any issue, please give as much information as possible including the location of equipment and Service Tag or Serial Number and if applicable Network Name marked on the front of all networked PC’s


The workshop provides an in-house design and fabrication service for the Departments of Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Physics. Research projects will often require bespoke devices to be built. The workshop technicians work with staff and students to create 3D design drawings for approval and then to use a wide range of CNC machine tools to turn their abstract ideas into fully functioning prototypes.


Role and responsibilities

Martin Blackman

020 7679 3791

Workshop Manager

Albert Corredera


  • Electronics Workshop Manager for UCL Chemical and UCL Biochemical Engineering 
  • Specialises in electronic and electrical design, electrical and electronic equipment for experimental rigs
  • Electrical or electronic assemblies, maintenance, guidance with electrical and electronic safety for rig assembly
  • PAT testing
  • Repairs of electrical and electronic equipment


Amilios Davlantis Lo


  • Workshop Technician

Dren Maliqi

020 3108 6722

  • Workshop Technician

Adam Maney

020 3987 2182

  • Workshop Technician