School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University Aston TriangleBirmingham B4 7ETUK
Room: MB 622-624 Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4949
PA Clare Webster email@example.com +44 (0)121 204 4096, working pattern Wednesday PM, Thursday, Friday. Outside this time, if urgent please contact Sam Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
I joined Aston University in November 2014 as Executive Dean of Life & Health Sciences and Professor of Biological Engineering. Immediately prior to this I was Associate Dean for Research and Director of the EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine at Loughborough University where I was also co-founder of the Centre for Biological Engineering. I graduated with a first class honours degree in Microbiology from Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1990 and then went to the University of Birmingham to read for a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering. I stayed at Birmingham for a further 13 years first as Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, developing my research at the Life Science/Engineering interface. In 2013 I was awarded a D.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering from Loughborough University.
I regularly lectured on degree programmes leading to B.Eng, M.Eng, and M.Sc. qualifications in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
I have been working in the field of Biological Engineering for over 20 years seeking to study the interaction of the organism with the process environment using such non-invasive techniques as flow cytometry, image analysis and NIR spectroscopy. These techniques have been used to improve our understanding of how cells behave within such diverse areas as Microbial Fermentation, Bio-remediation, Bio-transformation, Brewing, Regenerative Medicine Bioprocessing and Cell Culture. This work has been carried out mostly with industrial collaborators, the motivation being process improvement and optimisation for informed scale-up/out. I have acted as a bioprocessing consultant for companies such as Celgene (US), Coors, Novozymes (Sweden), Emergent Biosolutions, Merck, Unilever, Oxoid Ltd, Field Supplies Ltd, Degussa-Huels, Cobra Therapeutics and GSK advising on appropriate analytical techniques and all types of bioprocess development.
EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine. Awarded March 2014 £3.5M.
BRIC EPSRC and BBSRC project ‘Expansion of human multipotent stem cells in aqueous/aqueous two phase systems’. Awarded November 2012 £700k.
ERA-IB EU project ‘Systematic consideration of inhomogeneity at the large scale: towards a stringent development of industrial bioprocesses (SCILS)’. Awarded November 2012 £345k.
BRIC EPSRC/BBSRC project ‘Bioprocessing research for cellular products’. Awarded February 2011 £700k.
EPSRC Landscape Award ‘Engineering – Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (E-TERM)’ Awarded September 2010, £2.7M.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since March 2014.
Fellow of the Society of Biology since March 2006 (Member since March 1994) and I am entitled to employ the designation CBiol.