• School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering (ISE), College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Funded PhD positions in the area of cultivated (or lab-grown) meat bioprocessing. Please contact me for further details.

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    Biography

    I obtained my first degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). I then did a one-year MSc in Biochemical Engineering at University College London (UCL), followed by two years research under the supervision of Prof Peter Dunnill (OBE). I won a Marie Curie Research Training Grant and moved to the Center for Process Biotechnology (CPB) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), where I obtained my PhD degree in Biotechnology. In 2002 I took up the position of Senior R&D scientist and Purification team leader at the Pharmaceutical company ALPHARMA (now Xellia Pharmaceuticals), before returning back to the UK as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and then Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. I joined Aston in November 2015.

    Research Interests

    • Materials and devices for efficient separation and purification of high value biotherapeutics and human cells
    • Edible scaffolds for cultivated meat production

    Qualifications

    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
    • PhD in Biotechnology
    • MSc in Biochemical Engineering
    • MEng in Chemical Engineering

    PhD Supervision

    W. Joseph A. Homer - Project title: 'Affinity selection systems for intraoperative cell salvage'.

    Benjamin Dages - Project title: 'Novel microcarriers for scalable clean meat production'.

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • The Birmingham Orthopaedic Charity. Value: £15,000 (2020-2023)
    • The Royal Society International Exchanges Award. Value: £11,712 (2019-2023)
    • The Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professors Scheme (Academic Champion) (2019-2022)
    • EPSRC AMR4AMR seedcorn fund - 'Novel poly(butylene succinate) fibre dressing with naturally sourced antimicrobial agents for burn wound treatment'. Value: £33,150 (Completed 2018)
    • EPSRC AMR4AMR seedcorn fund - 'Critical points in the pathway of antibiotic prescribing in the hospital setting; the antibiotic mapping of prescribing (ABMAP) study'. Value: £23,149 (Completed 2018)
    • Bioprocessing Research Industry Club/BBSRC Grant (BB/I017143/1) - ‘Developing generic scalable selection methods for human therapeutic cells’. Value: £189,000 (Completed 2015)

    Teaching Activity

    Design and Build (CE1DAB)

    Mass Tansfer (CE2MAT) - Module Leader

    Advanced Process Design Project (CE3APD)

    Research Project (CE4011) - Module Leader

    Downstream Processing for Biotechnology Products (CE4027) - Module Leader

    Administrative Roles

    CEAC Student Experience Lead

    Professional/editorial offices

    • Member of the Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology Editorial Board (since November 2017)
    • Member of Biotechnology Letters Editorial Board (since April 2018)
    • Review Editor in ‘Process and Industrial Biotechnology’ for Frontiers in Biotechnology (since April 2018)

    Visiting Appointments

    • Senior Research Fellow honorary appointment at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK (since October 2020)

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 4702 
    Email: e.theodosiou@aston.ac.uk 
    Room number: MB134

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